23 Jul '12, 5pm

Malcolm Gladwell says Alberto Salazar not a slacker.

By Scott Douglas Writing in the July 30 issue of The New Yorker , Malcolm Gladwell reaches a conclusion that no one will dispute: Alberto Salazar isn't a slacker. Gladwell, author of bestsellers such as The Tipping Point and Blink , was a national-class youth runner as a teen in Canada. He writes how, in one of his first cross country races, he more or less willed himself to stick with, then beat an older, more accomplished runner. The pain of that experience, Gladwell intimates, caused him to never reach his running potential—knowing what would be necessary to continue winning made him unwilling to repeatedly dig that deep. In Gladwell's terms, he had become a slacker—someone who lets a difference develop between what could be done and what does get done. Salazar, Gladwell notes, is no slacker. Drawing from Salazar's book 14 Minutes , published this spring, Gladwell tells...

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