The Jamaicans

Posted: August 22, 2008 in World

Sports Illustrated recently took a stab at explaining why the Jamaican track team has been virtually kicking everybody’s but at the Olympics.

Why the Jamaicans are running away with sprint golds in Beijing

Here is the first reason they listed-

1. Tradition: Think Notre Dame football. UCLA basketball. The Yankees. Before the torch was lit in Beijing, Jamaica had won 41 medals in Olympic track and field, dating back to the first two: Gold and silver by Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley in 1948. Names like Donald Quarrie and Merlene Ottey are holy on the island. In the United States, track and field is a marginal, niche sport that pops its head out of the sand every four years and occasionally produces a superstar. In Jamaica it is not the only sport. Kids play soccer and cricket. But it’s a major sport. When Sports Illustrated visited the island in late spring for a feature story on Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt, dozens of small children showed up for a Saturday morning youth track practice. That was impressive. That they were all wearing spikes was stunning. (more…)

What I highlighted in red made me chuckle a little bit. The reason why these journalists were so impressed over small kids showing up with spikes is because he knows back in America there would have been story after story dramatizing how some kids can’t afford spikes.

Like I told my wife, some heads up top of the US track team will roll over this, especially after the mistakes by both the men’s and women’s hurdle teams. I think we are going see some major changes in US track between now and London 2012. And as long as nobody on the Jamaican team is found out using performance enhancers, all roads will lead to that tiny island in the Caribbean to show the world how it’s done.

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Comments
  1. DarkStar says:

    I heard the talk about heads rolling but I don’t know why.

    *EVERY* sprinter knows you have to practice hand-offs. These are grown men and women who KNOW they have to practice hand-offs or else risk the DQ.

    Well….

    *THEY* are at fault. (The passer’s only job is to put the baton in the receiver’s hand and release it *ONLY* when that person has it. It really is not that hard.

  2. Duane says:

    I heard the talk about heads rolling but I don’t know why.

    I guess I was referring to the politics behind it all. It does all come down to the athletes, but you know someone is gonna get the shortest straw once all of this is over.

    Sistah girl on the women’s team suggested that it wasn’t mental. IMO, after what happen to the men, I’m sure it was mental.

  3. Richard Froggatt says:

    I wonder if the APA is going to do a study on Baton Passers.

    “Batons too heavy says APA”

  4. DarkStar says:

    Sistah girl on the women’s team suggested that it wasn’t mental. IMO, after what happen to the men, I’m sure it was mental.

    Partying or not taking it seriously. Yep. Mental.

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