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  • booond
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Back to other clueless writing. There's a story now linked on the front page about Americans competing at the Pre Classic. It concludes with this sentence:

    >>The Prefontaine Classic is named after Oregon native Steve Prefontaine, an Olympian killed in a 1977 car accident at 24.<<

    In fact, that fatal accident occurred in 1975.

    It's a bit upsetting to see an article written by the Associated Press and appearing on the NBC website that gets such a basic fact wrong. If you can't trust the AP and NBC to get simple facts right . . .
    It could be as simple as a typo or brain fart. And the AP is not your grandfather's AP. They are politicized and sloppy. And no one edits websites. What lands there remains there.

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  • wamego relays champ
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    Back to other clueless writing. There's a story now linked on the front page about Americans competing at the Pre Classic. It concludes with this sentence:

    >>The Prefontaine Classic is named after Oregon native Steve Prefontaine, an Olympian killed in a 1977 car accident at 24.<<

    In fact, that fatal accident occurred in 1975.

    It's a bit upsetting to see an article written by the Associated Press and appearing on the NBC website that gets such a basic fact wrong. If you can't trust the AP and NBC to get simple facts right . . .
    What is especially egregious about this one is that every single press release that the meet puts out has this information at the bottom. No fact-checking needed; it is right there in the source used (copied in many cases) to write the article.

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  • Alan Shank
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    From the "Daily Nation":

    MWANGANGI, KAMWOROR FACE FARAH

    The men’s 5,000m battle that is rich with talent. World 5,000m silver medallist Caleb Mwangangi and Kamworor, the World 10,000m silver medallist, are some of the Kenyans who will be out to stop World and Olympic champion Briton Mo Farah.

    Of course, Farah is in the 10,000, not the 5000. AFAIK, Farah was never announced in the 5000.
    Cheers,
    Alan Shank
    Woodland, CA, USA

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by jazzcyclist View Post
    a truly fit person should be able to go on either side of the gym and impress us.
    I doubt anyone would ever confuse me with a "truly fit" person, but 43 years ago when I reported to my first Navy duty station (Moffett Field, Ca - now largely civilian), my flight surgeon 'ordered' me (Ensigns do what they're told) to hit the weight room 3 times a week for 30 minutes, and run/bike/swim for 20 minutes 3 times a week. Been doing it ever since. I add in hurdles and jumps in the spring when I coach. I am VERY rarely sick and I attribute that to my exercise and vitamin pills! :-)

    P.S. Last winter I injured myself in several mysterious ways and now everything is better than new. ??!!

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  • jazzcyclist
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    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Don't know about that. The top XC skiiers, the Tour de France cyclists, and the Ironman triathletes may have something to say - and still you are only talking aerobic fitness.
    I have to agree with you here. My local gym has cardio room and a weightlifting room right next to it. I would say that 80-90% of the people at my gym spend 100% of their time on one side of the gym, totally neglecting either their aerobic fitness or their strength and power fitness. IMO, a truly fit person should be able to go on either side of the gym and impress us.

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  • tandfman
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    Back to other clueless writing. There's a story now linked on the front page about Americans competing at the Pre Classic. It concludes with this sentence:

    >>The Prefontaine Classic is named after Oregon native Steve Prefontaine, an Olympian killed in a 1977 car accident at 24.<<

    In fact, that fatal accident occurred in 1975.

    It's a bit upsetting to see an article written by the Associated Press and appearing on the NBC website that gets such a basic fact wrong. If you can't trust the AP and NBC to get simple facts right . . .

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by scottmitchell74 View Post
    they would argue strenuously that they are the fittest on Earth because there probably isn't a (World Class) Marathoner on Earth than can deadlift 400+ pounds and do 100 straight push-ups and Row 2000k in under 7:00, etc...

    In other words, what's the definition of fit?
    The article certainly doesn't know. They throw together huge strong athletes who couldn't break 20 in a 5K, with a Galen Rupp who couldn't bench 225.

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  • scottmitchell74
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    And some hold (the Crossfit community, for one) that fitness involves not only the ability to move just your own body, but objects/weights/tasks. Work capacity. Although I'm not a huge fan of Crossfit, I know they would argue strenuously that they are the fittest on Earth because there probably isn't a (World Class) Marathoner on Earth than can deadlift 400+ pounds and do 100 straight push-ups and Row 2000k in under 7:00, etc...

    In other words, what's the definition of fit?

    Personally, because they DO combine strength, coordination, power, speed, endurance, skill I would amend Atticus' "50 Top Marathoners" to the "50 Top Decathletes" but that's just my take.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
    Don't know about that. The top XC skiiers, the Tour de France cyclists, and the Ironman triathletes may have something to say - and still you are only talking aerobic fitness.
    As soon as they threw Galen Rupp in there, you knew they weren't talking Mr. Universe. But you're right about Ironman champs - they are ridiculously fit!!

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  • bambam1729
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    X-actly. The 50 fittest people on the planet are the top 50 Marathoners.
    Whatsamatta - you can't run a 2:07 Marathon and you call yourself FIT?! Ha!
    Don't know about that. The top XC skiiers, the Tour de France cyclists, and the Ironman triathletes may have something to say - and still you are only talking aerobic fitness.

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  • wamego relays champ
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    Originally posted by tandfman View Post
    I believe it was tv, not radio.
    Yes, gloriously recounted here:

    http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/ind...1964-race-call

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  • tandfman
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    Originally posted by cubehead View Post
    The story said he was lapped...

    Anyways he mentioned Dave Bank meaning Dick Bank, famous interloper on the Billy Mills radio broadcast.
    I believe it was tv, not radio.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by lonewolf View Post
    An absurd compilation of something that is impossible to quantify to any exactitude..
    X-actly. The 50 fittest people on the planet are the top 50 Marathoners.
    Whatsamatta - you can't run a 2:07 Marathon and you call yourself FIT?! Ha!

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  • lonewolf
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    An absurd compilation of something that is impossible to quantify to any exactitude..

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  • jc203
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    Currently the TFN homepage links to SI's lists of the 50 Fittest Men and 50 Fittest Women on earth, each list with some T & F athletes.
    Beyond the astonishingly stupid premise of naming the fittest people on earth, the lists seem willfully ignorant.
    Rupp is listed but not Farah nor any of the legion of East African distance men,
    Eaton is #1 among men (I won't dispute that) but Theisen-Eaton is several places behind Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm.
    Sheesh!

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