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Old 01-27-2011, 08:12 PM   #4
Geoffrey Thompson
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A lot of people just don't know how crazy freaky elite athletes really are. "Yeah, I'm sure he's great at those ten events. And lots of other related athletic endeavours. But what's their Fran time? What about broad time and modal domains? That are unknown and unknowable?" I just had this conversation on that Slate article. They just don't have the context to realize how impressive a high-level track and field athlete is and how silly a flopping-around-and-playing-with-pansy-weights competition is in comparison to the athletic performance at a decathlon (or even just one event!).
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