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    I'm not sure I'll feel like making bold public predictions once this board's been running for a while, but I'm willing to risk shooting myself in the foot here at the starting gun.

    A few readers have written in to say we've paid too much attention to the pilgrim's progress of Gabe Jennings in the last two issues and on this web site. I disagree. His wild adventure's too colorful not to pass along.

    Beyond that, I predict Gabe makes the '04 Olympic team. When he's fit and motivated, I see few U.S. milers who can match his abilities and race savvy. With 12 months of training, he'll be there in Sacto next July. I'd throw in the "barring illness or injury" caveat, but every athlete fights those battles.



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  • #2
    Re: too much Gabe?

    Gabe is the man.

    All i've ever read from this site is the chronicles of this trip of his. Even as a foreigner, I have to say Gabe is my favorite runner.

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    • #3
      Re: too much Gabe?

      While I agree that Gabe is one of the best milers in the U.S., unforutnatly this means that we have no hope of medaling in a major international track meet in the near future. He has the talent, but not the internal "fire in the belly" to be a world class middle distance man. His alternative life style is mildly interesting, but does not bode well for his running future. Every month that he loses in high intensity training just sets him back. Those set-backs will eventually not be something that he will be able to regain in the future.

      Actually, I think for his Gestalt self, he is doing what is best for him, but not for his running self. Training is like a bank account that has low interest. If you don't keep making deposits you will never see the increase that is needed to be wealthy. Having said that, I say more power to him. He is following his own dreams which are not tied to running right now. His priorities leave running near the bottom of his lists, so be it.

      A champion is not only athletically gifted, but also has a drive to be the best that the rest of us can only try to imagine.

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      • #4
        Re: too much Gabe?

        I don't disagree that his exploits could make interesting reading, but only if he is a successful runnner, not if its his main claim to fame. He has not been successful in a couple years....without that he risks becoming track's Anna Kornikova (SP?).
        Joe Lanzalotto

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        • #5
          Re: too much Gabe?

          Track could use more Anna Kournikova's. Anything to get the general sports fan interested in track is a good thing.

          Love Gabe or hate him, but he generates a lot of discussion and excitement.

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          • #6
            Re: too much Gabe?

            it's hard to find "fire in the belly" guys in the U.S. mile right now. Webb showed it... two years ago versus Gabe's 3. Lassiter's '02 European season and World Cup fiasco said everything about where he stands. Downin had it in '01, but he's been hurt, and has never had the fast times. Stember floundered in the 8 last year and has yet to mark himself a "winner." Ditto Lunn; indoor nationals aren't the "show." McMullen? No consistency. Weight problem. Retired? Anyone know if Berryhill's ready to take another step up this year?

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            • #7
              Re: too much Gabe?

              Why is the interest of the general sports fan a good thing? I have never understood the need for track to become "more popular". Yes, I get it that if its more popular, we'll see more TV, etc, but we'll also get the down side. Things tend to get dumbed down to the lowest common denominator. Sorry, but I don't want that happening to track. It doesn't need to be popular for me to enjoy it (and I realize that this is the opinion of a majority of one person here) it just needs to be of high quality.
              Joe Lanzalotto

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              • #8
                Re: too much Gabe?

                I definitely am one who is not a Gabe fan and really don't care what he is doing with his life if it doesn't involve track and field.

                I disagree that Gabe will make the Olympic team, and I will be rooting for other of my favorite runners to beat him. With that said, I hope Gabe does begin training soon and actually is a threat to make the team next year because I never said he wasn't a talented runner (just not one that I root for). I respect his talent and hope he begins to use it again on the track so I don't have to continue hearing about his biking expedition!!!!!!!!

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                • #9
                  Re: too much Gabe?

                  >Why is the interest of the general sports fan a
                  >good thing? I have never understood the need for
                  >track to become "more popular". Yes, I get it
                  >that if its more popular, we'll see more TV, etc,
                  >but we'll also get the down side. Things tend to
                  >get dumbed down to the lowest common denominator.
                  >Sorry, but I don't want that happening to track.
                  >It doesn't need to be popular for me to enjoy it
                  >(and I realize that this is the opinion of a
                  >majority of one person here) it just needs to be
                  >of high quality.

                  >Why is the interest of the general sports fan a
                  >good thing? I have never understood the need for
                  >track to become "more popular". Yes, I get it
                  >that if its more popular, we'll see more TV, etc,
                  >but we'll also get the down side. Things tend to
                  >get dumbed down to the lowest common denominator.
                  >Sorry, but I don't want that happening to track.
                  >It doesn't need to be popular for me to enjoy it
                  >(and I realize that this is the opinion of a
                  >majority of one person here) it just needs to be
                  >of high quality.

                  It's not so much that we want the "general sports fan" to show the interest in track that we do, but that without some interest in our sport we can't get meets in the U.S. showcasing all of the great names. Also, with less exposure, we see a decline in the number of young men and women participating in the sport.

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                  • #10
                    Re: too much Gabe?

                    >Track could use more Anna Kournikova's. Anything
                    >to get the general sports fan interested in track
                    >is a good thing.

                    Then you need to check out Mel Mueller's post about the Vault Girls calendar!
                    "Run fast and keep turning left."

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                    • #11
                      Re: too much Gabe?

                      Sieg wrote:

                      Beyond that, I
                      >predict Gabe makes the '04 Olympic team.

                      Okay, Sieg, you're on. If you're right, I'll buy you lunch at your favorite restaurant. If not, T&FN promises to substanially increase international coverage for the '05 season.

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                      • #12
                        Re: too much Gabe?

                        Hmmmm... Can you make that lunch for Anna Kournikova and me at my favorite restaurant... On second thought, my wife might not appreciate that.



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                        Top homepage posts for the week ending 05/29/2019:








                        Excerpts:

                        NCAA Women’s Formchart #5 — USC By 1 Over Arkansas


                        THE EBB & FLOW of the battle for the NCAA women’s team title this year has been fascinating. Chart 1:... Read More


                        The post NCAA Women’s Formchart #5 — USC By 1 Over Arkansas appeared first on Track & Field News.




                        Read on »




                        2019 NCAA Men’s Formchart #5 — Texas Tech Takes Over


                        IN OUR FIRST chart of the year, Florida was an 8-point favorite over SEC rival LSU for the team title.... Read More


                        The post 2019 NCAA Men’s Formchart #5 — Texas Tech Takes Over appeared first on Track & Field News.




                        Read on »




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                        GÖTZIS, AUSTRIA, May 25-26—Damian Warner made history by becoming only the third athlete to win 5 times at Götzis, while... Read More


                        The post Götzis Multis: World Leaders For Warner & KJT appeared first on Track & Field News.




                        Read on »




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                        The post NAIA Champs — 2 Team Titles To Canadian Team appeared first on Track & Field News.




                        Read on »




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                        Read on »




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                        • #13
                          Re: too much Gabe?

                          Sieg --

                          Wait till the guy finds out that your favorite restaurant is a three-star in Paris. :-)

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                          • #14
                            Re: too much Gabe?

                            I agree that this constant desire to "appeal to the mainstream" is being overdone, especially with the myriad of ideas to "improve" a track meet with new procedures, especially with new rules in the field events. All those ideas I have seen are terrible both for the fans the true fans ) but of most importance, the athletes !

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                            • #15
                              Re: too much Gabe?

                              gabe is a clown we yawn at.

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