To all my non-runner readers, you’ll probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Galen Rupp is a runner who might be a real life version of Peter Pan.
To errbody else, we all know of Galen Rupp’s antics. In case you’ve only looked at or heard about his race results and have never actually seen videos or photos of him racing, here’s a quick recap for y’all.
The “Rupp Jersey Taunt”
Ok, now I’ll admit, that Rupp-ism has some Swag. But it gets worse..
The Breathe-Rupp strips.
The ridiculous pre and post race poses.
Now as ridiculous as all those photos are, I was still a Rupp fan until just recently. His last two technical fouls were just so outrageous I had to jump on the Rupp-hating bandwagon. Here’s what he did:
Rupp pulled out of what could have been an epic battle against Chris Solinsky in the 10k due to “High Pollen Levels”. Dude, you’ve lived in Oregon YOUR ENTIRE LIFE. Man up. Pete Sampras played through the flu, puked on the court on the 5th set and still won. Tiger Woods won the 2008 US Open with a torn ACL and a broken leg. Jordan scored 38 points in an NBA final game with the flu, etc., etc. And Galen pulled out because the pollen count was too high… *Facepalm*
USA Track and Field National Championships 2011 (yesterday)
Yesterday morning various running sites were getting us all excited about another potential Solinsky vs. Rupp showdown. Come racetime, Solinsky was nowhere to be found (but interestingly enough, Teg was in the race). When the camera panned across the competitors on the starting line I lost it when they showed Rupp.
Apparently the race once again was not Rupp-Certified. Yet he had no choice but to run or he’d forfeit a trip to World’s. So he decided to race ~6000m of the race wearing a paintball mask. Or maybe it was Hannibal Lector’s mask. I don’t know, I do know that something about his face just made me want to hit it.
Rupp just makes it too easy to dislike him. Wish he could be more ‘edgy’ and ‘cool’ like Solinsky and Dathan, or ‘nice’ like Lagat.
Is this why America doesn’t care about distance running?
Should Galen do something crazy like make a sex tape or beat his girlfriend to get more people to like Track and Field?
Will Galen ever look like he’s older than 16?
Hope I can like you again bro, you could be our great white hope.