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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Ato Boldon on the upcoming year

I can't really say Ato Boldon is new on the track scene, but he's relatively new in terms of offering commentary. He makes his picks for the most influential in T&F for the upcoming year. He proves that he thinks far more deeply than the average sports columnist/announcer.

But like most, he's got a blind spot. We find his when he writes "If you take away his World Championships appearance, Alan Webb had arguably the best season of any American middle-distance runner ever." Jim Ryun and Glenn Cunningham beat him hands-down more than once, and there are at least a half a dozen others who almost certainly had better seasons somewhere in their careers.

However, I have no reason to doubt him when he writes:
The U.S. Olympic Trials are always fantastic, but trust me when I say that the 2008 Olympic Trials in Eugene, from June 27 to July 6, will be one of the greatest track meets that has ever taken place, anywhere, ever. If you haven’t been to that part of the country, or have never witnessed the drama of a USA Olympic trials and its “finish-in-the-top-three-or-see-you-in-four-years” reality, 2008 would be a great year to start – if you can still get a ticket.
I'm going with T&FN Tours. I'm excited.

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