reply to post by tagasbob11
to be clear... i am no Olympian nut, and feel the spectacle of it all is a bit much. but i do admire peek athleticism, and enjoy a dose of healthy
competition at its highest level.
point is, i've got no horse in this race.
that being said, here is what i am perceiving in the hoopla of it all...
Usain Bolt's .25 (a quarter of a second) differential is, albeit an impressive improvement on the prior record, and yet it is still a far smaller
improvement than Ye Shiwen's.
before i paraphrase facts any longer, here is the best article i've come upon, which raises legitimate questions without entering into any "Witch
here is a quote from the above article:
"If you look at the woman in question, and her biomechanics in the heats, she has a steady, moderately slow, six-beat kick," Leonard said, referring
to the number of kicks Ye takes with each arm stroke. "All of a sudden in the Olympic final she turned it up to an eight-beat kick, which any coach
will tell you is very difficult to maintain for 25m, much less 100m."
these folks are professionals, and can detect the subtle nuance shifts of a racer.
anyhow, this Leonard fellow also remarked on another Chinese Medalist: Sun.
"Sun's curve of improvement", Leonard reckons, "is well within the trajectory of the sport".
that is my point... improvement is one thing, but it usually occurs within a noted trajectory. Yu Shiwen beat her pervious best time by a whopping 5
seconds and in less one year. that is an astonishing feat, in and of itself, irregardless of the fact that the time for her last lap also happened to
exceed Ryan Lochte's own time in the same stroke!
Olympian Gods bless her. i am not skeptical... just curious. Outliers do that to me, every time. they are the Anomalies of life, which i find most
intriguing. but whatever deep well Yu Shiwen tapped into to give her the power to achieve her goal, bless her for it.
edit on 4-8-2012 by mythos because: clarity