Why is running the only sport where mediocrity is not only accepted but praised? It reminds me of the courtesy clap that is given to all of the runners who just finish the race. This may be the reason that Americans cannot compete on the world stage. If we as a running society ask nothing of a person we will receive nothing. We should be praising the people who compete, not just show up. We should lose our insouciante attitude.
Needs more cowbell!
Kirsten - aka "Auntie Kirsten"
• 2 olympic distance duathlons -- 6 days apart -- PR at least 1
• 130#s (and stay there, gotdammit!)
Which is too bad, really. If only we would celebrate the most competitive, America might have the number one golfer in the world one day.
Ok, I'll bite.
In point of fact, it is not the only sport where "mediocrity", as you have chosen to employ it, is both accepted and praised. Golf and bowling both come immediately to mind--and in both of those arenas, we "handicap" participants so they can compete on a more level playing field.
Roads were made for journeys...
Do we want running to be compared with an irresponsible, environmentally damaging "sport" such as golf, or a "sport" for beer drinking slobs such as bowling?
As long as I'm not compared with JakeNight's avatar, I don't care.