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    the 10K vs. cross country
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    see story now posted to front page in which the IAAF seems optimistic (Coe positively exuberant) about XC making it back into the Olympics.

    The story doesn't address the problem of what adding that event might do to overall trck & field numbers allowed in the Games. My take would be that the IOC would say "fine, add away, but you need to kill something existing."

    An easy target (both because they're similar and also because the long track race—as noted in a thread a couple of weeks back—has basically disappeared from high-level meets) would be the 10K.

    If you were faced with the choice of only having one of the two, which would it be?
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    The TRACK 10000----absolutely NO contest!!!
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    Definitely get rid of the track 10k....a cross country race would be fun to watch....
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    Wouldn't steeplechase be the one to go? It is supposed to be XC on the track, afterall.

    But I would prefer XC over the track 10,000.
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    Hate to admit it but I might say add XC and drop the 10,000, on a trial basis. But I'd want team medals as well as individual ones, and that would be a problem with the total number of athletes issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    The story doesn't address the problem of what adding that event might do to overall trck & field numbers allowed in the Games. My take would be that the IOC would say "fine, add away, but you need to kill something existing."
    It seems like the format of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games might be an experiment with a solution to the problem of having to eliminate a track event to make room for cross country. All of the entrants in the track distance races will also run the XC, with the medals being decided on placings in both races combined.

    In other words, the track race is the Preliminary and the XC race is the "Final".
    From the IAAF story:
    The placings of athletes in each individual event and in the cross-country race will be added to determine the overall final placings with the athlete having the lowest total score being the overall winner. The results of the cross-country race will be adjusted to reflect separate rankings for the 1500m, 3000m and 2000m steeplechase respectively with medals being allocated accordingly in the three individual track disciplines.

    For example, an athlete placing second in the 3000m and fourth of the 3000m runners in the cross-country race will receive a final score of six points.
    So, while traditionalists might consider this another gimmick like those tried at the Continental Cup, the 2018 YOG format could demonstrate one way of adding cross country without being forced to eliminate a track event, since the number of athletes entered are the same.
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    What if a 10,000 runner wants to run the 5000 instead? Or will they be like Nurmi and run the 5, the 10, the XC, and every other race known to man?
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    I think of cross country as a cool weather sport but still prefer it over a track 10,000m. It would have to be a "real" cross country course though and not what amounts to a track 10,000m on grass.
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    given how much of the Winter Olympics is no longer staged in an alpine setting, I think the time is more ripe than ever to have XC at that one.
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    Anyone know who is on team USA in Buenos Aires?

    http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calend...OG-Trials.aspx

    It has been decided that the process of selecting athletes to represent Team Americas at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina will be through a selection process based on established 2018 High School athlete rankings. There will be no qualifying competition for this event. These rankings will be compiled by the USATF Statistician and submitted accordingly. Should an athlete be selected, notification will be forthcoming.
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