A very well considered and written article. It suggests a deep thinking, articulate and intelligent young man and if he doesn’t succeed in his chosen events, though I believe he has great potential, he might find other doors open for him very readily if he continues with this kind of analysis…
I agree with Carterhatch that OJ makes some valid observations, and certainly has his head screwed on.
The one thing that stood out to me was the need to be insular. Great athletes like Coe , Ovett, Cram, Thompson, etc etc very much did things their own way. They had their own micro team around them, made their own plans and executed them.
Particularly with sprinters almost forced into ‘Centre of Excellence’ training groups I can see how they can lose their own individual perspective and way of doing things. One ‘fix-all’ method will not suit everybody.