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    Does anyone know why our lady high jumpers won't compete/decided not to compete in Budapest?

  • #2
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    maybe because they knew it was a waste of time ? If you can't jump 2 m you won't medal.

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    • #3
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      I've e-mailed Acuff to find out.

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      • #4
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        Here's what Acuff wrote in an e-mail this morning:

        "In short, I need this time to train. With an unsually cold winter in Austin and only two indoor meets total I have not been on the pit very much. My fine timing isn't there so I don't want to fly all the way to Hungary to jump a mediocre height. With an all out qualifying round (1.95m last year) and a final the very next day I have to be honest with myself in realizing I'm not in "jumping shape" to do that right now.
        On the up side all those layers of clothing in practice add an artificial 10 pounds or so. I felt really strong and light in Boston. Now it looks like we are finally getting into spring here. I plan to open up in April at Mt. SAC, right around the corner."

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        • #5
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          not surprised by her response, it is in line with what I said earlier. Why go all the way to Hungary if you cannot effectively compete ? I agree with her decision. Hope she comes around and gets back up close to 2.00. Same for Tisha.

          I's like to seem atleast one US lady hj'er make the final in Athens... but I predict it will take at least 2.04 to medal.

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          • #6
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            >Why go
            >all the way to Hungary if you cannot effectively compete ?

            Because it's an excuse to travel to Europe! Maybe it's not a big deal to someone like her who goes there every summer, but as someone who has been only once an absolutely loved it, I would take ANY excuse to travel over there.
            "Run fast and keep turning left."

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            • #7
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              >>Why go
              >all the way to Hungary if you cannot effectively compete ?
              >

              Because it's an excuse to travel to Europe! Maybe it's not a big deal to
              >someone like her who goes there every summer, but as someone who has been only
              >once an absolutely loved it, I would take ANY excuse to travel over there.

              I completely agree for you and me for example, but Amy's been all over the world and back umpteen times, and she knew she had no chance to do anything, she decided not to waste her time or USATF's money to go. And since no one else had met the standard, no entries.l I agree with her partly... but the other part of me says she has an obligation to fly the flag, if only weakly.

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              • #8
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                What happened to the fun of competing and representing your country? On the other hand, none of my business. Every athlete knows what they want in their career and how to accomplish it. Besides, it’s not like there were no other USA athletes in Budapest. Wish her the best.

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                • #9
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                  Tisha Waller works full-time as a teacher. Her decision is understandable. I won't argue with anyone who puts a high priority on educating kids. I hope Tisha and Amy jump high, and jump high when it counts, this outdoor season.



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                  • #10
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                    <Why go
                    >all the way to Hungary>

                    Budapest and the Balaton are a fun place to go to. That's where we went on our honeymoon (of course, living in Slovakia next door at the time). Food is the best in the world.
                    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                    by Thomas Henry Huxley

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