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  • Slaney vs. Puica

    Would Mary Slaney have beaten Marcica(sp?) Puica in the '84 3000 if she hadn't gone down? What do you think?

  • #2
    Re: Slaney vs. Puica

    No
    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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    • #3
      Re: Slaney vs. Puica

      I'm not sure that the magic of 1983 was still there. 35% yes, 65% no.

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      • #4
        Re: Slaney vs. Puica

        Anyway, had it not been for the boycott, neither Puica nor Decker would have won that race.
        Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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        • #5
          Re: Slaney vs. Puica

          Slaney had been hurt (compared to injury-free 1983) and she looked nowhere near as confident leading the race as at the previous year's Worlds. Puica, by contrast, looked great...stalking the race leader and waiting to pounce.
          I think the first two places would have been the same, even without the mishap: Puica and Sly.

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          • #6
            Re: Slaney vs. Puica

            >Anyway, had it not been for the boycott, neither
            >Puica nor Decker would have won that race.

            The World Rankings don't pretend to simulate the outcome of a race, but as 1984's #2-ranked woman in the 3k, I'd guess Puica would have had a chance (even if only a small one).

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            • #7
              Re: Slaney vs. Puica

              She wasn'y injury free in 1983, she had a car accident in April, and her neck was hurting her. But she recovered quickly.

              In 1984, Slaney wasn't as good as in 83 or 85, when she was better than Puica, so don't about about LA 84. Maybe Puica, but without boycott, Kazankina was unbeatable.

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              • #8
                Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                >Maybe Puica, but without boycott, Kazankina was
                >unbeatable.

                Right off the bat, someone will point out that Decker beat Kazankina in 1983.
                As I have said on other forums, the Soviets/Eastern Bloc were gearing their distance runners on two-year/four-year cycles...a high point on the first even year and the highest coming on the Olympic year, for reaping greatest system propaganda.
                With the World Cup being a competitive let-down, no one wanted to mortgage the socialist-collective farm for the new World Championships.
                Decker was better than Kazanzina in 1983...in 1984? Decker-Slaney? Puica? Kazankina? Someone else?
                One of those times you wish you could change things...I'd change the boycott before I'd change the mid-race fall.
                I guess I'm just a bad American.

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                • #9
                  Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                  No Slaney was not in her '83 form in the '84 OG, but she was in plenty good enough shape to win that relatively slow race. I think she would have won handily....

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                  • #10
                    Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                    But she didn't win. She fell down. Races are run. Results are black and white. Not what people think might have happened. What actually did happen. Get out of fantasy land and back to real life.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                      This board is all about opinions, what people think might have happened if...yes, we all know what happened but there is nothing wrong with giving an opinion re: what may have happened in the race had Slaney not fallen.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                        Fun trivia question: who was the first American to fall in the women's 3,000 meter final?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                          Good question,Brian. I'm trying to remember the names of the other two runners. I can sort of picture them in my mind, but the names aren't coming to me. If memory serves, one was brunette and one blond (Please don't castigate me for being sexist, all you militant gender storm-troopers. I can picture their faces, but their hair is the only thing I can describe with my limited vocabulary.) and the brunette took a stumble. Was Joan Nesbit one of them? OK, I flunked.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                            Cindy Bremser was fourth, didn't fall. Joan Hanson was first to fall and finished 8th, perhaps?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Slaney vs. Puica

                              So much for my recall ability.

                              Anyway, as to whether Slaney would have won the 3K without the fall (Nope's comments notwithstanding), I think she would have won. Most people were surprised when she won the double in '83, but she showed she had the goods. It's not like she was a shadow of herself in '84. The big hit she took was losing (narrowly) to one Ms. Wysocki in the 1500, probably absorbing a bigger mental hit than anything. And she certainly handled Puica and company in '85, over and over again.

                              Kazankina is a whole different story. No one could beat her when she was on her game. (Should I capitalize Game there?)

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