Olympic Trials – Do or Die


Every four years it seems the same controversy arises when some star, a sure bet to win the Gold, fails to advance through the trials process. I know it seems cruel and heartless but so be it. There is no other fair way to do it. Could you imagine picking by committee- what a mess that would be, I know enough about the personalities and biases of the people who would probably be the decision makers and that would be a disaster. I can see scenarios where sponsors would bribe selectors and on and on. It should always be decided on the track and in the field not in a closed room. Part of the skill of coaching and competing is being ready at the right time. If Tyson Gay felt his leg before the 200 meters he and his coach should not have had him run. It is simple it is called injury management. He was already on the Olympic team in the 100 and most probably in the 4 x 100, why run and jeopardize his chances in the 100?
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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