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(NBC Olympic Talk)   Zola Budd runs again, 29 years after knocking Mary Decker out of the 5000m race at the '84 Olympics   (olympictalk.nbcsports.com ) divider line
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2013-10-08 12:04:36 AM  
You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?
 
2013-10-08 12:27:44 AM  
Wasn't this the woman that ran into the middle of the Boston Marathon and claimed to have run the whole thing? Or am I getting famous women mixed up?
 
2013-10-08 01:01:34 AM  

hardinparamedic: Wasn't this the woman that ran into the middle of the Boston Marathon and claimed to have run the whole thing? Or am I getting famous women mixed up?


Nope, that was Rosie Ruiz.
 
2013-10-08 01:07:30 AM  

cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?


Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.
 
2013-10-08 02:11:40 AM  
I remember when that happened.

/still don't care
 
2013-10-08 04:50:18 AM  

mediablitz: cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?

Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.


I still remember that and wondering why she kept blaming the other runner.  At least Nancy Kerrigan was attacked when she was crying and screaming - Mary Decker just seemed like a spoiled little girl who blew her big chance.  I would have been upset, too but she seemed incapable of admitting she just screwed up and stepped on Budd.
 
2013-10-08 05:39:50 AM  
It's a long way to trip a Mary.
 
2013-10-08 05:43:22 AM  
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This guy might step on your bud.

But this guy would step on your coke.
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2013-10-08 05:55:13 AM  
A 17:47 5K is pretty damn good for a woman who's pushing 50. A lot of male recreational runners half her age can't even pull that.
 
2013-10-08 06:06:38 AM  

schief2: A 17:47 5K is pretty damn good for a woman who's pushing 50. A lot of male recreational runners half her age can't even pull that.


She was an Olympian. Not surprising that she would still blow away recreational runners.
 
2013-10-08 06:23:20 AM  
Dahnkster

I SO want to punch that first guy in the face. Nothing worse than old hippies.
 
2013-10-08 06:45:42 AM  
I had the massivest crush on Zola back in 84, how hot is she now??
 
2013-10-08 07:45:52 AM  

YoOjo: I had the massivest crush on Zola back in 84, how hot is she now??


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2013-10-08 08:28:09 AM  

mediablitz: cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?

Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.


The coverage in Australia characterized Decker as whiny, entitled, and at fault.
 
2013-10-08 08:41:36 AM  
Pretty embarrassing for the college chicks, I bet.
 
2013-10-08 09:21:18 AM  

The Muthaship: Pretty embarrassing for the college chicks, I bet.


I don't think it's embarrassing for a college kid at a small school who is running for some minor scholarship or for nothing at all to get beat by a (former) world-class runner going under 18 minutes for 5k. This wasn't exactly the national track and field championships.
 
2013-10-08 09:25:59 AM  

michaelgvh: The Muthaship: Pretty embarrassing for the college chicks, I bet.

I don't think it's embarrassing for a college kid at a small school who is running for some minor scholarship or for nothing at all to get beat by a (former) world-class runner going under 18 minutes for 5k. This wasn't exactly the national track and field championships.


You don't think they were surprised when a 47 year old didn't just beat them, but smoked them?

I doubt many of them expected that.  I'd be embarrassed if I was them.
 
2013-10-08 09:26:16 AM  

OtherLittleGuy: YoOjo: I had the massivest crush on Zola back in 84, how hot is she now??

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Shoes?
I want callouses on my crushes.
 
2013-10-08 09:35:33 AM  

The Muthaship: michaelgvh: The Muthaship: Pretty embarrassing for the college chicks, I bet.

I don't think it's embarrassing for a college kid at a small school who is running for some minor scholarship or for nothing at all to get beat by a (former) world-class runner going under 18 minutes for 5k. This wasn't exactly the national track and field championships.

You don't think they were surprised when a 47 year old didn't just beat them, but smoked them?

I doubt many of them expected that.  I'd be embarrassed if I was them.


Ummm.. Nope. It's Zola Frikking Budd. I wouldn't.
You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.
 
2013-10-08 09:39:21 AM  

michaelgvh: You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.


When he's 50?  I'd be embarrassed.  But not as much as would be in a run like a 5k against Budd.  That's too short of a race to get dusted by damn near a minute.

I am surprised she's still able to run a time like that at her age.  I bet the college chicks were, too.
 
2013-10-08 09:45:44 AM  

The Muthaship: michaelgvh: You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.

When he's 50?  I'd be embarrassed.  But not as much as would be in a run like a 5k against Budd.  That's too short of a race to get dusted by damn near a minute.

I am surprised she's still able to run a time like that at her age.  I bet the college chicks were, too.


Now you're just not making sense. Either you're surprised or you're embarrassed? If she ran such a good time as you admit, it's not embarrassing to lose to it. You can be surprised by how good she was, but there's no shame or cause for embarrassment to lose to a good time regardless of age.
 
2013-10-08 09:53:09 AM  

Lionel Mandrake: I remember when that happened.

/still don't care


lulz...same here.
 
2013-10-08 09:56:22 AM  

michaelgvh: Either you're surprised or you're embarrassed?


I am surprised she's still that quick.  Girls half her age who run 5k on a college scholarship should be embarrassed to get stomped like that.  Not mutually exclusive.

Budd ran it 3 minutes faster when she was their age.
 
2013-10-08 10:23:43 AM  

The Muthaship: michaelgvh: Either you're surprised or you're embarrassed?

I am surprised she's still that quick.  Girls half her age who run 5k on a college scholarship should be embarrassed to get stomped like that.  Not mutually exclusive.

Budd ran it 3 minutes faster when she was their age.


It is the HBCU Challenge.

The HBCUs aren't exactly XC powerhouses, I don't even know if they are Div. 1.  Chances are the XC teams are filled with track girls getting pressed into triple duty.
 
2013-10-08 10:34:29 AM  

YoOjo: I had the massivest crush on Zola back in 84, how hot is she now??


Her daughter's kind of hot.  Er, so I've heard.
 
2013-10-08 10:53:39 AM  
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2013-10-08 11:40:47 AM  
ESPN did a doc on Budd and Decker over the summer, it's worth checking out.  Decker still comes across bitter.
 
2013-10-08 11:51:16 AM  
michaelgvh:
You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.

None of the above. You foul him hard before he can posterize you, and then you say something along the lines of, "Did you pay the Russians yet, or does somebody else gotta pay?" before offering to help him up. Duh.
 
2013-10-08 11:53:22 AM  

mediablitz: cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?

Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.


Mary Decker was an attention whore.  She fell all over herself and got all kinds of TV for crying on the track.  I remember watching that race and saying to my dad "Why doesn't she get up and run?  She ain't hurt."
 
2013-10-08 12:09:36 PM  

Mi-5: mediablitz: cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?

Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.

Mary Decker was an attention whore.  She fell all over herself and got all kinds of TV for crying on the track.  I remember watching that race and saying to my dad "Why doesn't she get up and run?  She ain't hurt."


Interesting tidbit I read years later. Budd claimed she slowed down and lost on purpose because she didn't want to stand on the podium with the crowd booing her.

Can't find the article, but I'm pretty sure of my memory on this one.
 
2013-10-08 12:56:50 PM  

The Muthaship: michaelgvh: You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.

When he's 50?  I'd be embarrassed.  But not as much as would be in a run like a 5k against Budd.  That's too short of a race to get dusted by damn near a minute.

I am surprised she's still able to run a time like that at her age.  I bet the college chicks were, too.


Your mind is more impressed by your own notions of "50" than it is by the reality of persistent ability, and you sure as hell aren't alone. Even people with abilty sabotage themselves with that bs.
 
2013-10-08 01:20:45 PM  

Debeo Summa Credo: schief2: A 17:47 5K is pretty damn good for a woman who's pushing 50. A lot of male recreational runners half her age can't even pull that.

She was an Olympian. Not surprising that she would still blow away recreational runners.


Most recreational runners are shooting to break 25:00 (8:03 pace per mile) on a good day let alone attempting to break 20:00.  A woman running a 17:47 (5:43 pace per mile) will outright win many smaller local 5Ks, and would be in the mix for top female finisher in many regional races.  More impressive is her age.  Her age graded time is 16:08 and her age graded score is 91.75% (90%+ is national class).  The world record for her age is 16:08.  Lastly, this was a cross country race.  Grass is slow.  Her 17:47 on grass is probably at least a 17:30 or faster in a road race.

/and yeah, Decker-Slaney was and is a whiny biotch
 
2013-10-08 01:39:35 PM  

barefoot in the head: The Muthaship: michaelgvh: You're a College kid playing hoops for some low D1 school and Michael Jordan show up in the gym and torches you for 50. Are you embarrassed or just happy that you got to see a legend who still has enough left to smoke you.

When he's 50?  I'd be embarrassed.  But not as much as would be in a run like a 5k against Budd.  That's too short of a race to get dusted by damn near a minute.

I am surprised she's still able to run a time like that at her age.  I bet the college chicks were, too.

Your mind is more impressed by your own notions of "50" than it is by the reality of persistent ability, and you sure as hell aren't alone. Even people with abilty sabotage themselves with that bs.


Diana Nyad nods and winks...
 
2013-10-08 01:43:41 PM  

Mi-5: mediablitz: cmunic8r99: You mean "29 years after Mary Decker tripped over her in the 3000m race at the '84 Olympics"?

Exactly. Budd was found to be not at fault. Budd was the one who got spiked by Decker.

But the image is Decker on the infield, crying. That got all the play.

Mary Decker was an attention whore.  She fell all over herself and got all kinds of TV for crying on the track.  I remember watching that race and saying to my dad "Why doesn't she get up and run?  She ain't hurt."


Jenny Simpson does the same stuff now.  Minor bump in a championship race and she'll DNF instead of trying to salvage it.
 
2013-10-08 08:55:44 PM  
Mary Decker - the Nancy Kerrigan of running
 
2013-10-08 09:02:10 PM  
Wow.  Haven't heard that name since the 80's.

I ain't gonna play Sun City!!!!
 
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