Conversations wth Larry: The changing stars of track & field


The idea for conversation with Larry came from my son, Adam. We have been doing them for the past two years. So the idea is, I can speak about anything I want, but I have to a) stay focused and b) limit to three to four minutes.

IMG_8804.jpgLopez Lomong, Garrett Heath, 10,000m, June 21, 2018, photo by Mike Deering/The Shoe Addicts

We shoot them on the road. Mike Deering and Adam shoot the videos. The Shoe Addicts manage and produce our videos. This series is alot of fun. I hope you enjoy them. If you have ideas on things for me to chat about, please reach me at [email protected].

I did this video about the changing stars of our sport. Media reports, including mine, showed our disappointment over the stars who would not be in Des Moines. The truth was, it was really fun to see some of the new stars. From Noah Lyles to Katie Nageotte, from Darrell Hill to Keni Harrison. The meet, for those who were there, had many moments of emotion, and many moments of excitement.

DSC04879.jpgThe fans in Des Moines, photo by Adam Johnson-Eder/The Shoe Addicts

Our sport does not welcome change. We are creatures of habit in athletics. For some reason, we keep the meets we hold nearly a secret. That we get the crowds we have, considering little or no publicity, are surprising.

The good news is that our sport is fixable. The assets are our athletes, our history, our fans and our sponsors. The infighting, the political squabbles, and the problems of doping, athlete allegiances and some athletes who do not seem to know their ages, are fixable.

They are fixable because of the true strength of our sport, our amazing athletes.

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