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  • #16
    Re: What happened to Michael Granville.

    <He actually ran 1:46.45 in high school.

    <The fastest he ever ran at UCLA was 1:47.93 (I'm <pretty sure), and that was as a freshman.

    <Usain Bolt brown-nosers, take notice: the early <bloomers are not always the great ones in the <long run.

    In next year Olympics a Bolt will break many (American) hearts.

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    • #17
      Re: What happened to Michael Granville.

      There seems to be plenty of speculation going on in this thread about what might burn out young athletes before their normal prime. While I don't know how this could involve adrenal glands or too much high volume work or whatever, I think we can all agree on one thing: Peak human performance is not reached until much later than the teenage years, at least for the species as a whole. Maybe there are some people for whom it is normal to peak earlier than others, but they would certainly be an exception to the norm. Yet we see many promising young athletes reach their peak well before they "should". I would be interested in knowing if there is solid research (I doubt it) indicating what happened in such cases.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by ;1672570
        He actually ran 1:46.45 in high school.

        The fastest he ever ran at UCLA was 1:47.93 (I'm pretty sure), and that was as a freshman.

        Usain Bolt brown-nosers, take notice: the early bloomers are not always the great ones in the long run.
        I found this after looking at the HS series on the front page. Unlike many early phenols, things did seem to work out for young Mr. Bolt.

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        • #19
          Michael was not your typical slim 800 meter runner, to the contrary he was quite muscular and very physically mature for his age. Yes, his father was the driving force during high school. Say no more.

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          • #20
            Ugh, I've seen all of this happen so many times before with young runners. I probably slipped over to the dark side a bit myself with my own daughter, being the Little League parent.

            It's interesting reading back on this thread regarding Mr. Bolt. I remember once responding to some gushing Bolt fan on YouTube back around 2006 or so that the Americans were going to beat his ass. Talk about having to eat my words!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by ;1672570
              He actually ran 1:46.45 in high school.

              The fastest he ever ran at UCLA was 1:47.93 (I'm pretty sure), and that was as a freshman.

              Usain Bolt brown-nosers, take notice: the early bloomers are not always the great ones in the long run.
              Too bad there's no record of who made this statement. In hindsight, it's like betting against indoor plumbing becoming popular.

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              • #22
                Wow! THIS thread far surpasses the Noon lapse. This one was revived after nearly 11 years. WTF? !?

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                  Wow! THIS thread far surpasses the Noon lapse. This one was revived after nearly 11 years. WTF? !?
                  Who knows what's behind the randomness?

                  Granville's father was maniacal. Which was a shame. I think the kid was burned out, period. Getting away from his pop was probably like having the weight of the world lifted from his shoulders. And Granville always came off as a nice kid - and was still that way as an adult. Seeing the thread reminded me of the Flotrack interview from back in '09. Nice guy, and look at the way he handles the question(s) regarding his not being able to take it to the next level. As long as he's happy, good for him:
                  http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/234...r#.VAlE00hSK2w

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                  • #24
                    watched the video. looks like he could be a fullback or linebacker - a big guy. And affable as well. I had an occasion to attend the Simplot Games some years ago. I'm watching the 800 and this big ol guy takes it out in the semifinals and finishes in about 1:55. Do my homework and he's either a freshman or a soph. So I was thinkin he had hit max - an anomoly of a race/trial. So I'm watching the 800 finals and this big ol guy with seemingly huge legs takes it out again. And I'm waitin for him to die. He didn't die and ran ... faster than the 1:55 and closer to 1:50 - if memory serves, which it often doesn't. His improvement from yr to yr was impressive and after his Sr year - I was convinced there was more in the tank. Not to be. But he presents himself as a guy who has his head on and seems to have a mature perspective on his accomplishments and celebrity. Good for Michael Granville

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Madd Marine View Post
                      Who knows what's behind the randomness?

                      Granville's father was maniacal. Which was a shame. I think the kid was burned out, period. Getting away from his pop was probably like having the weight of the world lifted from his shoulders. And Granville always came off as a nice kid - and was still that way as an adult. Seeing the thread reminded me of the Flotrack interview from back in '09. Nice guy, and look at the way he handles the question(s) regarding his not being able to take it to the next level. As long as he's happy, good for him:
                      http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/234...r#.VAlE00hSK2w
                      What is behind the randomness of reviving the thread was looking at the HS article of al time yearly best athletes.

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