Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
My favorite counter example is Ashton Eaton. He didn’t show up on anyone’s list. I think he may have been the 400m state champion and then things worked out for him.
Actually, to serious Dec fans, he was on radars quite early on (maybe Freshman year in college - for those who follow Frank Z on decathlonusa.typepad.com). In HS - he ran 10.8, 21 something, 48 something, and showed some early multi-talent with a 130+ discus. And as a college freshman, scored around 7k.

This is a fun link talking about what a bunch of Olympians did in HS: http://www.espn.com/blog/high-school...and-field-team

And you'll see, even the ones who "weren't great" in HS - were pretty darn good.