I wrote a quick story about Olympic triathlon gold medalist Alistair Brownlee running the 10K on the track at Stanford this weekend. And, to get a sense of what people thought about his chances, I browsed internet discussion boards this week — which is never a fun thing to do. On the ever-popular Slowtwitch, people were actually complaining that the 10K leg of the triathlon in the Olympics was probably not accurate because the athletes went too fast. These internet people had no basis for assuming the OLYMPIC COURSE was short, other than that the athletes had run it quickly.
Here’s a thought: Maybe they ran it fast because it was the Olympics and they’re Olympic-fucking-caliber athletes.