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Old 07-27-12, 11:00 AM   #1
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Why does USA Cycling have 5 spots on National Championship podiums?

I need a history lesson.

Why does USA Cycling place the top 5 on the podium in Jr, Masters, and Elite National Championship events as opposed 3? Don't get me wrong, I have been a 4th place finisher in a National Championship and I do really appreciate the recognition and medal, but I still wonder why.

I assume that it wasn't always this way. When did it start, and more importantly, why?

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I was wondering the same thing myself.
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in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
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because everyone's a winner
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in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
Bravo!

I wonder, how do you delineate between fourth and fifth?
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in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
Ouch!
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By the same token, why even have a podium with anyone but the winner??

Nobody remembers who got 3rd, it's all about 1st.
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because everyone's a winner
And has been since 1978

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By the same token, why even have a podium with anyone but the winner??

Nobody remembers who got 3rd, it's all about 1st.
They never ask how...they just ask who!
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Soooo...on a related note:



Today "Baby Puke", Paul Malenke, and I won 5th place in the 35+ Team Sprint at Masters Nationals.

The racing was pretty fast and close. 1-3 were separated by less than 1". 1-5 were separated by 2".
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So what color is that? Bronze? Does it go Gold, Silver, Bronze, Bronze, Bronze or something?
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So what color is that? Bronze? Does it go Gold, Silver, Bronze, Bronze, Bronze or something?
It goes: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Glass, then Wood.
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Thanks!

It goes: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Glass, then Wood.
Overheard from 5th-place finisher: "I GOT WOOD!!!"
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congrats!
Thank you.
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Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.
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Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.
Thanks.

Tell me about it! 11.5" only qualified me 10th in sprints!
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in case two people fail the doping control, you still have all the rightful podium finishers
That was my first thought too.
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Congrats, Carleton. Nice work.
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Good job. Very competitive meet this year. Some of the times were crazy fast.
RX, were you at the races this past weekend?
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Congrats, Carleton. Nice work.
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Thanks!

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- Took 1" off of my previous standing 333M lap
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Why does USA Cycling place the top 5 on the podium in Jr, Masters, and Elite National Championship events as opposed 3? Don't get me wrong, I have been a 4th place finisher in a National Championship and I do really appreciate the recognition and medal, but I still wonder why.
I have no idea, and this is sort of OT, but I am FREAKING THE F OUT about how awesome your new avatar is. I can't explain it, it's just....
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