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    So smooth and relaxed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    Watching her live today, another 200 did not look like it would be tough. I don’t see 1’56” this year as unreachable in a good fast race. Just smooth and smart and patient. Charismatic at the podium too.
    Having interviewed her 3 times, she is an absolute delight. As awesome a person as she is an athlete (early impressions).
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    Every time i read about another American super talent, i am reminded of Mary Cain, Kaylin Whitney, Candace Hill. I hope she doesn't sign a Nike contract too soon and disappears into mediocrity like so many others.
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    But teen prodigies fading into obscurity isn't a specifically American phenomenon. It happens everywhere.
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    But how many European top talents get big contracts at age 16/17 ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    But how many European top talents get big contracts at age 16/17 ?
    Child prodigies burning out quickly is a phenomenon that precedes big contracts by a long, long time (and not only in sports).
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    But how many European top talents get big contracts at age 16/17 ?
    But European kids can make money in T&F from prizes, federation stipends etc. There is no amateur/ pro distinction on our side of the Atlantic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pego View Post
    Child prodigies burning out quickly is a phenomenon that precedes big contracts by a long, long time (and not only in sports).
    Exactly....nothing new there....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Powell View Post
    But European kids can make money in T&F from prizes, federation stipends etc. There is no amateur/ pro distinction on our side of the Atlantic.
    And college is optional on this side of the Atlantic, not mandatory. The Allyson Felix route is available to everybody.
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    Nice to see an athlete throw caution out the window and go balls out.
    Not many US athletes do that today. Many are afraid to take a risk.
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