Russian Track is Getting it Done!

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As I was putting together my team for the IAAF World Championships Fantasy League…I started to look through the IAAF lists to make sure I wasn’t missing anyone to put on my team.  As someone who doesn’t look at the world rankings list too often, the thing that really stood out to me was how amazing the Russian women are. They are AT LEAST as good and deep as our men’s and women’s sprint and shot put squads but they have less than half our population. Also, they excel over a MUCH wider range of events than us; but show particular dominance in the field events. To me, this shows they’re doing something right over there. To me, excellence in the field events is a proving ground for coaching systems. The field events unbelievable speed and power but ALSO technical mastery. With perhaps the exception of the long jump, you can’t just expect to excel in the field events with just talent alone…something which is somewhat possible in the sprints. Much respect to our former-cold war nemesis. Whatever they are doing, they are getting it done.

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Mike has a BS in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University, an MSS in Coaching Science from Ohio University & a PhD in Biomechanics from LSU. Additionally, he has been recognized as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 3 coach by USA Track & Field, a Level 2 coach by USA Weightlifting.
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    Mike Young on #13305

    As I was putting together my team for the IAAF World Championships Fantasy League…I started to look through the IAAF lists to make sure I wasn't missing anyone to put on my team.  As someone who doesn't look at the world rankings list too often, the thing that really stood out to me was how amazing the Russian women are. They are AT LEAST as good and deep as our men's and women&

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    Mike Young on #67959

    There monopoly on the jumps is similar to Kenya's dominance on the Steeple chase 5 years ago.

    BTW- I'm not taking ignoring the influence of PEDs. But regardless, I'm impressed with their systematic, highly developed training system.

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    mortac8 on #66246

    Yea they are dominant but now they're jumping 23'6" instead of 25'  :smile:  PED downgrade.  Jumps are still good but I miss my 10.8, 21., and 47 from the European women.

    Not Russian, but remember this one (same meet Powell supposedly went 8.99): 
    Heike Dreschler       GER  7.63 w 92/07/21  +2.1  Sestriere

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    Mike Young on #66247

    Yea they are dominant but now they're jumping 23'6" instead of 25'  :smile:  PED downgrade.  Jumps are still good but I miss my 10.8, 21., and 47 from the European women.

    Not Russian, but remember this one (same meet Powell supposedly went 8.99): 
    Heike Dreschler      GER  7.63 w 92/07/21  +2.1  Sestriere

    That is my main supporting evidence that drug use has gone WAY down (both in dosage amounts and in number of athletes using). That Sestrierre meet was pretty crazy but it was more than just the runways and the athletes….those marks are SERIOUSLY aided by the altitude of Sestrierre.

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    barto on #66248

    PED use is definately downgraded from it's peak 15 years ago, but having observed the Russians up close still I have to put them in the bad guys column on that subject.

    The what and when has changed, but the people pulling the strings have not.


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    icoach on #66249

    Talent ID as coach can be very fun and  rewarding 1,2,3 a podium sweep for the Russian women

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