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Old 10-19-17, 08:49 AM
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As a coach, I would love to take credit for part of the increased depth, but I'm not sure better coaching is at the heart of the increased depth.

My gut is telling me the internet has changed expectations and the definition of what it means to be "fast"

When our world essentially consisted of what was reported in the local newspaper, being fast would mean winning medals in the local invitational. Now with sites like milesplit and a wide variety of social media sites the kids use, the definition of fast has changed and with it the expectations of the top end - those that give depth to any list.

Furthermore, because of all these things these kids are also far more knowledgable about training and what to do in the offseason, as are their parents.

I believe coaches are an important piece of the puzzle, but I'm not convinced better coaching is the most important piece in explaining the increased depth.
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