Re: Re: It’s Time to Make the Olympic Marathon More Competitive. Here’s How

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Guys like you and I would watch to see the best of the best go head to head. The average American Olympics viewer? Hmm, what else is on?

I like the idea for fans like you and me. For the health of the sport worldwide, I'm not so sure. But it sure would make for a race I'd love to see.

The Olympic creed

“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

On of the marathon stories I remember was the runner who struggled to finish, the winners had been done for hours.. the stadium already being prepped for the closing ceremonies. When asked why he continued when he knew there was no hope of winning he stated that his country sent him there to finish the race, not just just to start it. USA will not send a field hockey team because there was no medal hope. There are plenty of marathons that pit the best in the world against one another. But every four years there is supposed to be a gathering of teams from all nations for GAMES that allow all to participate. I am also so idealistic that I continue to hope that politics doesn't get involved.