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  • Another liar

    The post about "Julian" reminds me: I work in a casino and recently a player told me he was an Olympic medalist at the 5000m in London. The gentleman is barely the right age (early seventies), and he is Dutch. But he calls himself "John". The 5K bronze was won by a Dutch runner named Willem Slijkhuis. Slijkhuis won the 1500 bronze too, so if John was the same guy you'd think he remembered that medal too!

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    Re: Another liar

    This really is in response to both this and the Julian 1980 post. Whenever someone tries to pull a stunt like this on me, at first I am so excited to get a chance to talk to such a good athlete, I grill the guy with questions. Doesn't take long to realize that they are full of ****. A classic giveaway is when they give you their pbs in round figures instead of to the second.

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      Back in the '70s I was running through a soldiers and sailors in IL, when a frail, older man stopped me and asked why I was running. Turned out, his grandson was a friend of mine. Anyway, he confessed to being a 'broad jumper' in the '30s and even made an Olympic team. Looked up his name when I got home and sure enough, he was on the US team and finished second...Lambert Redd.

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        I have had this happen to me too many times to remember: a guy finds out I coach the jumps and he says something to the effect of,

        - Yeah I used to pole vault - state champion back in 64.
        to which I say - ever jump 18'? To which the reply is always - Oh yeah, I think my best was 19-something.

        Whatever I propose as a good mark, whether it's 27' in the LJ or 7' in the HJ, their best is always a little better than that.

        It really makes my day.

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          Re: Another liar

          It is easy to spot pretenders. Sometimes it is tougher to assess what is really possible. I walked into a bar one afternoon in 1968 and sat next to some guy nursing a beer and watching the long jump finals in Mexico City. "Who's winning?" I asked. The guy says, "Beamon just jumped 29 feet." I rolled my eyes, disgusted to have asked an idiot who thought Beamon or anyone else could have sailed right past the 28 foot barrier and broken the WR by 2 feet!

          More recently I mentioned to a friend (no idiot, and a 25 foot plus long jumper 40 years ago, but far far removed from the sport these days) that I had high jumped in a local masters meet 55-59's division. "Really?" he said. Then, in all seriousness asked,"What are you jumping now days, five-ten, six feet?" He was appalled to know that I regarded a five foot clearance as pretty much optimizing my current potential!

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