31 Jul '12, 12am

"If NBC cannot sell track and field to the viewing public, I’m going to become a forest ranger."

"If NBC cannot sell track and field to the viewing public, I’m going to become a forest ranger."

By Peter Gambaccini Photos of Ashton Eaton and Evan Jager by Victah Sailer In considering this topic, and in Amy Shipley’s Washington Post article picked up by other papers, we’re weighing whether it’s a bigger deal in the Olympics. Because let’s be honest, in non-Olympic years, we might prefer that track and field have a higher profile than it does, but swimming? Swimming’s nearly invisible. But Shipley suggests that after track and field’s era of "gigantic U.S. stars with huge personalities" like Flo-Jo, Jackie Joyner Kersee, and Carl Lewis, "the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney marked a turning point for both sports: Michael Phelps emerged as a precocious 15-year-old in the pool, and Marion Jones dominated on the track, only to admit using steroids years later." Now, writes Shipley, "U.S. track sits mired in a decade-long Olympic slump as swimming enjoys the enviable rise in...

Full article: http://news.runnersworld.com/2012/07/30/is-swimming-bigge...

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