Mike Lantry, 1972
Some of you may know that at the recent Olympic trials there was a dead-heat for 3rd place in the women's 100M dash (with the top three qualifying for the Olympics). It was so close that there was literally no way to tell who finished third.
The solution that was reached seems very logical, especially when compared to the good old fashioned coin flip that had been proposed. They were going to hold a run-off this afternoon, with the winner getting the spot. Nothing wrong with that...to the victor goes the spoils and all that.
Apparantly one of the participants did not feel that way, however, and has decided that rather than participate she is just going to concede. Seems that she feels she was 'robbed' and that she already earned the spot, despite all evidence to the contrary. The leg on which she stands is that the race originally listed her as the third place finisher before the photo finish was reviewed.
I hate to judge people, but this seems completely ridiculous to me. How can you feel robbed when the conclusive evidence shows that you clearly were not? How can you think that you are entitled to the spot when there is another runner who is equally as entitled? And, most importantly, how can you just decide to quit and give up on what is likely a lifelong dream instead of going out there and actually trying to earn that spot?
I will stop here and get the thoughts of the mgo community before I accidentally enter full-on rant mode.