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  • Any Women On This Board?

    TFNews devotes a lot of coverage to the women's side of the sport, so I was hoping that when this board started up I'd be able to see some informed discussion about those people, but I'm seeing very little. I know, why don't I start it myself? Cuz I'm a confirmed lurker and it took me weeks just to get around to posting this. Maybe I'd be braver if I thought anybody would want to join in. Is there anybody out there?

  • #2
    Re: Any Women On This Board?

    I'm here! And I've actually posted a few times, but never under my real name because I didn't want to be the first. I've got to admit that I've been enjoying the men's talk so much that the lack of women's hasnt' really been bothering me.

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    • #3
      Re: Any Women On This Board?

      >TFNews devotes a lot of coverage to the women's
      >side of the sport, so I was hoping that when this
      >board started up I'd be able to see some informed
      >discussion about those people, but I'm seeing
      >very little.

      TC spent a few bytes talking about thus article:

      http://www.canada.com/edmonton/edmonton ... 0C48EE2BF7

      Don't know how long it will stay there.

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      • #4
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        As female track fans, you are definitely in the minority. But you also bring a different perspective. As women, how do you feel our sport should be convered/presented differently?

        I don't mean to marginalize your view points by suggesting that you only look at the sport from a woman's perspective, but I'm curious if/how our sport can benefit by attracting more female viewers/fans.

        dan

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        • #5
          Re: Any Women On This Board?

          I'm not a woman, but more than happy to talk about the female athletes. Sorry if you feel they've been neglected in the discussions. It was Mary Slaney's great wins in the 1983 World Championships that changed me from being a football fan with a sideline interest in track to being a full-on track nut. I daresay the moderately successful high school track career I had would never have happened if not for her.
          "Run fast and keep turning left."

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          • #6
            Re: Any Women On This Board?

            Were you as fast as her? :-)

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            • #7
              Re: Any Women On This Board?

              Well, I just discovered this board yesterday, so I haven't had much time to digest all the postings.

              I'm a guy, and I like good competition, whether it's male or female.

              You can discuss a person like Marion Jones, and aside from her current pregnancy, a lot of the discussion can be about her as a competitor.

              Gender issues, don't seem to have much impact in her selection of a coach over the past winter.

              You can look at her being beat in Edmonton, and follow her until now, given her track and off the track news.

              Pretty much, to me this is about a person, and the person happens to be female.

              And much of my observation of track and field is through that lense.

              Gender isn't that much a factor. It's the human story, and the competing which counts.

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              • #8
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                >Were you as fast as her? :-)

                Sadly, no. As I said: "moderately" successful. :-)
                "Run fast and keep turning left."

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                • #9
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                  >As female track fans, you are definitely in the >minority. But you also bring a different >perspective. As women, how do you feel our sport >should be convered/presented differently?

                  I don't know how helpful I can be, since I don't think my suggestions for changes/improvements in coverage would classify as uniquely female... However, some wishes:

                  * Rather than watching 5 mins. of a touchy-feely profile about an athlete whose story I, as a track fan, am already familiar with, I'd rather see 5 more mins. of actual competition. Maybe then there would be time to show at least parts of a 10K final (or -- gasp! -- parts of both the men's and women's 10K finals).

                  * I'd like to see meets in real time when time-zone issues don't make the concept ridiculous, rather than seeing a time-delayed, neatly-packaged, sprint-intensive empty-air-filler two days after the meet. I already know the results, so what fun is that?

                  * I'd like to see more distance events (yes, even if there are no Americans in the final). I realize that for the majority of viewers, watching an entire 10K is similar to watching grass grow, but at least show me the last few laps!

                  * In a nutshell: less b.s., more competition!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Any Women On This Board?

                    some day, make a trip to europe and catch the meets on tv...if you can't live

                    what you're asking for you'll get...

                    and the analysis is excellent...

                    I've been going to the WC since 1993, and the Eurosport coverage is great... they do things LIVE, then you can see everything in replay, for stuff you missed at the stadium itself

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                    • #11
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                      >I've been going to the WC since 1993, and the Eurosport coverage is great... they do things LIVE, then you can see everything in replay, for stuff you missed at the stadium itself<

                      Let me make sure I understand that. You go to the WC. In Europe they do things LIVE. You describe the coverage so presumably you see it. Why? Why aren't you at the stadium like the rest of us?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Any Women On This Board?

                        I'm there...

                        and then eurosport shows replays tape delayed too...

                        so you can catch it later...

                        if you want wackoo coverage, I went to the world cup in korea, and then there were 4 or 5 stations showing the matches over and over again 24/7...

                        i'm waiting for the day, we get the T&F channel, 24 hours of T&F....

                        Garry Hill, your in studio host??

                        we can dream can't we??

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                        • #13
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                          Why oh why do the corporate suits - even the ones at ESPN who should know better - keep giving us the 'up close and personal' BS that they think we want, when clearly none of us want it. Give me LIVE! coverage of events and through in the tapes of events that happened off-camera. Geez, how many times do we have to say this?

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                          • #14
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                            oops - 'throw in'

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                            • #15
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                              >Why oh why do the corporate suits - even the ones
                              at ESPN who should know better - keep giving us
                              the 'up close and personal' BS that they think we
                              want, when clearly none of us want it.<

                              The answer is simple. They don't care at all what tafnut and tandfman want. They're aiming for Joe Sixpack, a sports fan who may know something about football or basketball but have, at best, a very casual interest in track & field. There are a lot more Joe Sixpacks out there than tafnuts. The ESPN people think that Joe and his buddies will not watch a track meet, but might watch an entertaining show with some races in it. And they may be right.

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