[i]Originally posted by davan[/i]
Jamaican, yes, like many runners in the states and in England as well, but they still spent a good deal of their childhood and all of their pubescent years in Canada. Regardless, people are active everywhere. Justin Gatlin grew up in NYC if I recall and Roger Kingdom lived in the Pittsburgh area. Neither of the two have had much trouble running fast.
Very true which in my mind speaks to the effect of genetics on performance and how even climate can’t stop a true talent. You will however find that regardless of where you train, faster performances are almost always done when the conditions are warm (75+ degrees). For example, look at where and when all those canadians ran there fast times. This is also the main reason why the NCAA has gone to a regional qualifying format for track and field so as to give schools from colder areas a chance to compete equally with schools from warmer areas for a chance to go the the NCAA champs.