stevie g wrote:
Many in this community have been around for a long time. There is appreciation for the formative years where the people who won IM did OD other formats and competed.
Can this happen in the modern era?
Should we add an Im or half to the Olympic program?
If we really want all rounders can we have a world series where there are OD, halves, Euro Im like Frankfrut then Kona
Your first question; Can those athletes who win at the ITU / short course win at IM like in the 80's & 90's era, where the big 4 were running rampant across all distances? Yes I believe they still can, the cream of ITU (such as AB) can win at ITU and IM. But he (and others) will win second tier ITU races and second tier IM's. The cream of both cannot, I believe, win at the cream of the other. What I mean by that - Super League and Sprint Distance Racing is 'the cream' of Short Course now, not OD. And there's a handful of 70.3's and IM's you'd consider the pinnacle in that discipline. Those athletes who're winning the pinnacle of short course will not win the pinnacle of long course, and vice versa. They may come close, but that time has passed, different skill sets combined with physiology and far more depth, amount to different disciplines in my opinion.
Your second question - should IM or the Half be added to the Olympic Program. That's not going to happen.
Third Question, again just my opinion, I really liked the idea of the Collins Cup, where did that go to? If they combined different athletes from different eras, across different formats of the sport, I'd be interested. But I'm just not sure even 10% of Super League followers would follow suit. So prob won't happen.
Just my opinion.
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