I think this situation is somewhat unique because it appears to be consistent over a few years. It involves, 1st Places, Qualifying Spots, Championship Titles, all taken from others. Money and Air Miles have been pocketed on the back of these results. Plus she;s an Age Grouper .... she's one of us, or at least was. Finally, the person in question has heavily promoted herself within the community, newspaper articles, magazine articles, online blogs and Facebook Pages as a World Champion, someone with integrity (mentioned in a surprising number of places) and promoter of supporting other women, a shining example to other Mums and their kids. It's was a perfect storm when the truth came out. The massive juxtaposition of what people thought and what is actually happening.
At least with pro cyclists what people think is very much what was / is actually happening so when people get caught there is no paradigm shift.
I think once the dust settles, and previous races finally stop being 'found out', a story summarising the affair would probably make very interesting reading.
This is obviously very personal to you and your wife. I totally understand why. It's also pretty clear it has consumed you for quite some time. Totally legit. My point was that it seemed to blow up on ST later in August (I had followed other thread somewhat...it didn't start in July did it?)...when these sort of threads typically appear.
I'm not trying to shit on this. It looks like egregious behavior. But do you really think a paradigm shift? I think WTC (and all of tri) has been smartening up on course cutters... maybe this helps a little bit. I also believe harmful course cutting is quite small % of cheats in tris. But that's just my opinion.
The world, the internets, and yes, even ST... move pretty rapidly unto the next shiny object. I don't see how any more of her races being found out make her any more of a villain.
If someone lost to her in a race because of cheating... it's 100% legit to be upset. Looks like Kona issues got sorted out, so that's awesome. Feel bad for those she beat at WCs. But do you think anyone outside of family and friends gives a shit if someone is an "AG World Champion"? C'mon. No disrespect to those who achieve that. There are some seriously fast amateurs out there. But when the race is over... nobody but maybe tens of people really care.
I would imagine anyone who gave her money is a friend. Some of them may be pissed. But... in my book... giving money to friends is always rife with potential problems.
Imagine there will be those who try to keep the drumbeat going. But like I said in my first post - if Ms. Miller quits racing, I doubt it will have too big effect on her life.