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Rebecca Romero

Old 10-12-08, 06:08 PM
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Rebecca Romero

The 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist at Individual Pursuiting.

Eight months after starting rowing she was competing in World Championships and 5 months after starting cycling she became British Time Trial Champion and just over two years as a cyclist she wins an Olympic Gold Medal?

Sounds way too weird to be true to me. No-one gets that good that quick.
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"No-one gets that good that quick. "

Not true. In fact for the very best athletes, the "phenoms" that's the usual. Armstrong was beating the pro men at age 15. Taylor Phinney was setting records and winning national championships his first time on a track.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
"No-one gets that good that quick. "

Not true. In fact for the very best athletes, the "phenoms" that's the usual. Armstrong was beating the pro men at age 15. Taylor Phinney was setting records and winning national championships his first time on a track.
Well I can only hope that I can do that well in my Road Racing debut in January. I'll think of Romero as an inspiration.
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Old 10-13-08, 02:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Freakonwheels View Post
The 2008 Olympic Gold Medallist at Individual Pursuiting.

Eight months after starting rowing she was competing in World Championships and 5 months after starting cycling she became British Time Trial Champion and just over two years as a cyclist she wins an Olympic Gold Medal?

Sounds way too weird to be true to me. No-one gets that good that quick.
Negative, i knew one girl, took up jogging, 16 months later was turning in competitive times in marathons. She took up cycling, 2 years later was about 15 on the British all Rounders list. I know, she wasn't doping, some people are that way.
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Some people have fitness built into them. They may train for one sport- like rowing but when they change to another sport- That fitness is not good enough- The muscles are in the wrong place and they just do not work well enough. They may have the strength and fitness but it does not transfer from one sport to another.


Unless--

They re-train for it. Apparantly Romero was at a track test day as a bit of a Jolly with other UK athletes and the UK coach picked her out as having something that could be worked on. He asked her if she wanted to try cycling and she agreed. Many months later and she had adjusted to Cycling and that something the coach had seen- Had proved itself.

So don't blame Romero for being an exceptional athlete- just blame the coach for doing his job properly and spotting potential talent and bringing it out of her.

And doesn't matter how good she is- She still has to beat Victoria before she can claim to be that good.
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So don't blame Romero for being an exceptional athlete- just blame the coach for doing his job properly and spotting potential talent and bringing it out of her.
I don't blame her for it.
But that doesn't mean I can't hate her for it.
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Originally Posted by damnable View Post
I don't blame her for it.
But that doesn't mean I can't hate her for it.
I know right?! She accompishes in two years what usually takes other people way longer, even with equal amounts of training. It doesn't seem fair.

Aussies might also hate her because she beat Katie MacTier. I dunno...
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