Last Updated on June 10, 2013 by Jimson Lee
In Beijing, USA won 19 out of 23 medals from speed and power track events… events that use starting blocks.
In London, USA won 18 out of 29 medals.
Was Doug Logan’s “Project 30” initiative a success? I think so, as USA have diversified their medals in the field and middle distance events.
"I feel a certain sense of validation that the direction I took and the way I did it was correct," Doug Logan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Friday.
"When I challenged the federation to perform up to its potential, I knew it had an Olympics like this in it," he said. "But a lot of people, including my own board members, thought I was arrogant and ill-informed."
The real surprise is that the USA is approaching a number it hasn’t hit since 1992 despite winning only one medal in the men’s 100, 200 or 400 individual sprints!
Here is a quick snapshot:
Incredible US medal drop off in the mens 400m and 400mH from 6 to 1 where Jamaica did not even contest. Forget this US vs. Jamaica S#it and just run the races against whoever lines up.
That’s the secret to success.
Why include Decathlon/Heptathlon in this list when you did not in 2008?
Jimson Lee says
@Maxspeed, I forgot to add the Dec/Hept in 2008. That is also a speed/power event that “requires starting blocks” (for 3 events)
Jimson Lee says
@Maxspeed, on another note, I am looking forward to the IAAF World Relay Championships. Sprint relays, distance, medleys… it will be good practice, and better if they counted as permit meets.