Man, if I ended up getting tickets I would have been there.
For Track Coverage:
The USA's Marathon Team was already decided and the team for that is (in order of place) Ryan Hall, Dathan Ritzenhein, and Brian Sell.
FYI, Ryan Hall ran an American Record in the half marathon in 2007, Ritzenhein has been down to the Olympics before as a 10k runner. And Brian Sell finally reached his Olympic dream as he's been training with the Brooks team for a while now, he's a real Blue Collar runner and is hardly a professional.
For the 10k, Galen Rupp, a college student at Oregon who took the year off to train for the trials, has a good shot as he's been training controversially under legendary coach Albert Salazar. But personally I don't think he's going to make it to the Olympics because the 10k isn't about endurance or talent so much as racing skill, which I believe Rupp has been lacking in as the youngest member. Sure Salazar had him racing overseas, but I think guys like Torres and Abdirahman will easily outclass and out race Rupp in a more tactical style 10k. If it comes down to that, Rupp will be lagging in the field. Rupp may have hit the A standard, but Abdi and Torres will probably out place him.
For the 5k I'm putting all my money on Goucher... He has to be my favorite US distance runner. I mean... The man raced for half a year on a stress fracture in his foot to get to the Olympics before and... He's just a beast... I seriously hope he makes it to the finals in Beijing.
The 1500 is going to be interesting. Other than Alan Webb I haven't followed a whole lot of the field. Lagat has always raced well, but Webb has the American Record in the mile at 3:46. Yet Webb hasn't been racing too well since then. He's gotten a full head of hair, but other than that it seems like he's lost his speed that very definitively defined him. Should be an interesting race though.
For the sprints, I'm definitely thinking Symmonds in the 800, Warnier in the 400, and Gay inthe 200 and 100. Haven't followed these events too much, but Gay and Warnier have consistently shown to be the best in their fields. Symmonds gave Webb a run for his money and he definitely has the leg speed to pull off the qualifying A standard.
This post has been edited by SubMiler: 26 June 2008 - 09:10 PM