Sports Illustrated’s Tim Layden gives his take on this past weekend’s Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles. “…since this is the embattled sport of track and field and running, there cannot simply be drama, there must also be controversy. Always, there must be controversy, because the sport cannot run from itself.”
+ Quick Trials Take: I was in L.A. over the weekend covering the Trials, and there was certainly controversy, not to mention carnage on the course, a few awkward/tense moments at the post-race press conference and enough drama to warrant considering selling tickets. I won’t get into all of it here this week, but Tim [Layden] had some interesting comments on Twitter regarding Galen and how he was virtually ignored at the post-race press conference in favor of Meb, who finished second to make his fourth Olympic team at the age of 40. It’s anyone’s guess as to why that snub might have been, but Galen—for all his successes, including an impressive win on Saturday—doesn’t help his own case by being closed off to media and fans. He was inaccessible to everyone but USATF.TV before the race, while Meb is personable, honest and generous with his time. The same can be said for many of the rest of the sport’s top athletes. Sitting on the stage next to Meb, Jared Ward, Des Linden and Amy Hastings on Saturday afternoon, Galen didn’t look like he wanted to be there in the least bit and all of his answers were sterile and canned. It made me think of Marshawn Lynch’s epic “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” Super Bowl press conference of a year ago.