Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Evansville, Indiana
You didn't want to get me started on athletes....
Far as smoking dope, it's been proven that drinking is far worse yet it's legal and Phelps probably chugs a few quite regular. Matter of fact, he was busted for DUI.
Having "idols" is ridiculous, expecially these days and parents should be explaining to their kids the reality of sports.
The level of intensity being achieved anymore cannot be reached by normal athletes. Average Joe cannot beat the people who are willing to sacrifice their entire income and entire life to the sport. Whether it be training 24/7/365 or willing to endure massive injuries like MX Freestylers. The few people that do excel, and I say few because in the grand scheme it is just a few, manage to do so by simply having natural talent that no amount of training can make up for. I understand kids need encouragment, but at some point they need to know the reality of what makes a person excel above others and to know that they may not be able to achieve that same level intensity due to lack of natural ability.
Look at Armstrong. He has a natural born condition that allows him to excel at endurance sports. If he and another person train with exactly the same intensity, Armstrong will always beat them due to his natural extra boost that the other guy will never be able to have.
Then you look at Travis Pastrana who is willing to die for a win which is why he was never defeated in Freestyle. He was huge in motocross & supercross for the same reasons, but his freestyle antics kept him from focusing on them. Metzger was insane, but was no longer willing to die after his kid was born and slowly faded away. They say the mx backflip retired 80% of the riders at the time who weren't willing to push to that level.
People give kids a lot of false hopes by allowing them to think they will excel if they only train, train, train. Training won't develop the willingness to devote your entire life to the sport or the willingness to die for it.
Last edited by TheWanderer; 02-03-2009 at 01:57 PM.