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    Hey, any of you guys ever read any of the alternate history books by Harry Turtledove? Guns of the South was my favorite- future mercenaries travel back in time to provide M-16 rifles to Robert E. Lee so the south can win the war. Anyway, all of your speculation sounds like a good creative writing project for some of you wordsmiths. What if Kenyans knew in 1960 what they know now about distance running and economics?

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    (1984 Olympics)
    Zola Budd had never been allowed to compete for GB?
    Bert Cameron hadn't pulled his hamstring?
    East Germany didn't boycott?
    Rono had kept his form and run in LA?

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    What if???

    Bayi had gone in 76 against walker.
    Bayi again in 80 against Coe & Ovett.
    El G had'nt tripped in 96
    J Ryun never met Bob Timmons or Edmiston.
    The Greeks never held sports at olympia
    The marathon had been standardised at 60km.

    So much might have happened, so much might not.

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  • Per Andersen
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    What if Dick Fosbury had mastered the straddle in H.S and had gone on to O.S.U and straddled 6'8"?
    and in Canada Debbie Brill could have straddled 5'7" in H.S.? Would we have known about the Flop to-day? What would the W-Rec be? Could Stones have straddled 7'3"?
    Personally I think the flop would have evolved anyway but the W-rec probably would have been at 7'8" or thereabouts.

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  • richardh
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    Harbig was 22 (not 23) at the time of the Berlin OG (born November 1913)

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  • dj
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    We would have seen the finals in lots of 1980 and '84 events instead of watching one of the semis or qualifying rounds.

    Neither Coe nor Ovett would have run faster, and each would have piled up more losses in his career.

    Ryun would have earned two Olympic silver medals in his career.
    Thorpe would have stayed poor even longer, and with nothing to show for it since the 1916 Olympics were cancelled.

    O'Brien might just have delayed his NH until he was on the bigger stage.

    Lewis would have been seen in the general publics' eyes as a failure for having never again set the LJ WR despite 15 years of trying.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    What if.....

    The USA had not Boycotted in 1980 and the USSR in 1984.

    If Thorpe stayed in track and field.

    If Coe and Ovett raced each other more than once every year or two.

    Jim Ryun hadn't tripped in 1972.

    If Dan O'Brian had not no heighted in the PV at the Oly Trials.

    If the Sports Festival judge in the LJ in (82 or 83) in Indianapolis hadn't been blind and allowed Carl Lewis's 30' Long Jump.


    hmmmm. Makes you wonder.

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  • gh
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    ps--Harbig did get an Olympic medal, by the way. As a callow 23-year-old he anchored Germany to 4x4 bronze in '36 (and was a feeble 6th in his heat in the 800)

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  • dj
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    So he finally gets to compete in the Olympcis in the Masters division!

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  • gh
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    >If Harbig doesn't die during WWII his career
    >certainly does while he waits for 1948 to come
    >around.>>

    Actually, he has to wait until 1952, because Germany was barred from the '48 Games.

    No, hold on that--he actually has to wait until 1956, because he was from Dresden and the whole '52 team was from the Westbloc!

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  • dj
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    If Harbig doesn't die during WWII his career certainly does while he waits for 1948 to come around.

    If J.B. Taylor contests the re-run in 1908 it doesn't matter. Wyndham Halswelle still wins. In the first running, Taylor - ill and off form at the time - wasn't close enough to Halswelle and Carpenter to make a difference. Nothing except Irish-American jingoism suggests things would have been different in the re-run.

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  • BillCarr
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    What if Brundage hadn't been such a schmuck and let Stoller and Glickman run the 4x100 - and then Jesse would have never received his last gold medal ?

    What if Rudolf Harbig didn't die fighting in WWII ?

    What if John Baxter Taylor didn't boycott the re-run of the 400 in 1908 ?

    What if Valeri Brumel decided not to showboat to his girlfriend on his new motorcycle ?

    What if Skeets Nehemiah had stayed with the hurdles instead of playing for the 49ers ?

    I will answer one though. If Bob Hayes ran full-tilt into 1968, he very well could have run a mind-boggling time in Mexico City (< 9.9). Blasted amateur rules . . .

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    what if lasse viren wasnt so good, then pre would be a champ. p.s, gummudi is awesome. golden brown, no need to frown.

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    you were straight..

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Hey, we all love watching races!

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