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  • t_monk
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    Re: NCAA champ Jonathan Borlee out of Worlds

    Jonathon definitely turned pro while his brother stayed at FSU. So far it would seem that Jonathon is faring better than his brother, the guy ran 44.99 and 20.90 in the 400 and 200 Budapest. He hasn't run much 400's and I think he will probably pb this year from what I am noticing. He has already PB'd in the 200 this year.

    I wonder if his brother is going to follow in his footsteps especially seeing that next year is a championship year and the build up to the Olympics starts from then.

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  • trackdug
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    I don't see Jonathan Borlee listed on the FSU roster. Kevin is. Has Jonathan turned pro? Is he still running for FSU?

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  • MDelano
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    Perhaps not surprisingly, twin brother Kevin now also out of action with stress fracture in foot (albeit the other one). Needs to carry cast for 6 weeks so season's over.
    Source: http://www.nieuwsblad.be/Sportwereld/Ar ... 082009_041 (in Dutch)

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by sprintblox
    I don't think the Borlee twins are at FSU primarily for the education.
    Education doesn't happen just in the classroom. They definitely are here for the education.

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  • sprintblox
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    I don't think the Borlee twins are at FSU primarily for the education. They can get a good and affordable university education in Belgium or elsewhere in Europe. They're at FSU for the experience of living in the US (and warm sunny Florida), and happen to be getting an education in the process.

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  • sprintblox
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    Originally posted by kamikaze7
    Most elite athletes who make enough money in their careers probably dont need any further education.
    Most elite track athletes don't make enough money that they can just sit down after retiring from athletics and live comfortably without working, or with working only in low-skilled jobs.
    Also theres nothing to stop a runner from pursuing an education while running professionally. See Alison Felix, Shaquille O Neal, Vince Carter et al.
    It's difficult enough that very few can or will actually do it successfully.

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  • gh
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    I'm not familiar with NBA players pursuing education during the season.

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  • kamikaze7
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    Originally posted by gh
    Mentioning NBA players in a discussion of track economics is just a bit of a non sequitur.
    Not really. The point is that an NBA season is far more demanding than a track season in terms of travel, time on the road, number of games etc. So if an NBA player can pursue a college degree while playing, theres no reason a track athlete cannot.

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  • kamikaze7
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    Originally posted by K.I.R.
    Originally posted by kamikaze7
    Even while injured you still rake in money from endorsements.
    If you are a foreign athlete without a world record or medal from a major championship, there is very little money to be made without doing your time in the NCAA.
    I believe U R Dead wrong

    If you are from a nation like Belgium, running 44.78 and breaking the national record makes you an instant hero a target for endorsements from Belgian companies. The fact that this a brother and sister act makes it even more likely that Belgian companies would like to advertize their wares using the Borlee family

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  • K.I.R.
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    Originally posted by kamikaze7
    Even while injured you still rake in money from endorsements.
    If you are a foreign athlete without a world record or medal from a major championship, there is very little money to be made without doing your time in the NCAA.

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  • cacique
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    with names like kevin and jonathan, of course they had to come to the US!

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  • gh
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    Mentioning NBA players in a discussion of track economics is just a bit of a non sequitur.

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  • kamikaze7
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    Originally posted by gh
    Originally posted by kamikaze7
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    This is true for Borlee as well. He could be out there making money from endorsements instead of risking injury to run for a scholarship. With the money he makes, he can pursue an education once his track career is finished.
    After 40 years in the business my personal experience is that almost nobody pursues an education once career is done. You break that link and it's very hard to stitch that path back together. (excuse the convoluted metaphor)
    Most elite athletes who make enough money in their careers probably dont need any further education.
    Also theres nothing to stop a runner from pursuing an education while running professionally. See Alison Felix, Shaquille O Neal, Vince Carter et al.

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  • kamikaze7
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by kamikaze7
    Picking up an injury while running for FSU or any other college is not worthwhile. . . . coming to a US college really does ruin the careers of some athletes.
    Elite running injures many people. I very much doubt there's ANY difference in running at a college or staying home, as far as getting injured goes.
    You totally missed the point. Getting injured while running for money is worthwhile. Even while injured you still rake in money from endorsements.
    Getting injured while running for the glory of FSU and no money is not worthwhile especially when you consider that most FSU students and alumni dont care.

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  • knite
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    Originally posted by justblaze1011
    1. Their father trained them all year, not the sprint coach.

    2. Their father decided on when and what meets they were going to compete in, not the FSU coaches.

    3. After the Olympic, THE FATHER SORTED OUT THE FSU COAHCES. The coaching staff had stop trying to go after them, then like weeks after the Games, they contacted the FSU staff still wanting to come over..THE FATHER CAME WITH THEM AND WANTED THEM THERE after the Oly. success of the FSU team and former athletes that trains there still.

    So to the fools that are blaming the choice of them going there or whatever, how about you get real facts first before you start running off at the mouth.
    And to the person that had mentioned Lee Emanual, I suggest you get your facts straight before you start posting stupid stuff.
    Just in case he was too lazy in doing so, here is the post.

    Blame nothing on the FSU coaches and staff.

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