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Ato Boldon blasts underperforming U.S. tracksters
Ato Boldon has been first-rate for NBC as a track analyst.
Check out this eye-opening stuff from Boldon and Tom Hammond hammering the U.S. squad for its, um, uneven results in Beijing:
HAMMOND: "You have to look at the new leadership here at U.S. Track & Field and wonder if it's been a vacuum of leadership. There does seem to be no cohesiveness, seems everyone has their own agenda."
BOLDON: "It is really not just the relay team. We were at their training camp and they have had every single thing laid out for them -- they were absolutely in the lap of luxury. And maybe that's part of the problem. Because this team, I thought when it was chosen in Eugene, Oregon, was one of the best USA teams ever. And in fact, they have come to Beijing and they have underperformed, the likes of which we probably have never seen from a U.S. track & field team.
"And guys to be quite honest, the fact that there was a departure by the previous CEO, and there was a vacancy there in the Olympic year, quite possibly could have meant that that vacuum of the leadership for USA Track & Field has affected severely the performance of this U.S. Olympic team."
Yikes! I didn't write enough about the Olympics over the past two weeks. Blame Mike, Chris and Brett.