Thanks for posting this. It kind of addresses a question I had in another thread.
To address the ‘who did they coach’ argument, this is actually one of the reasons why I have chosen Pfaff and Tellez as mentors of mine (in addition to my main man Boo). They have both coached athletes at the NCAA Champion and Olympic medalist level in practically all speed-power disciplines. Their approach is very similar (Pfaff mentored under Tellez), and neither has the history of being a drug coach as some others have. These factors make me look at the system (which has many variables and even permits no lifting) and say- “This one works across the board to produce elite athletes in a variety of events without the influence of drugs.”
Mike, regarding using the ‘breadth’ of successful athletes that a coach as trained to inspire interest, in contrary to what I have highlighted regarding Bondarchuk’s accolades, it may suprise readers to know that I am actually more interested in the ‘height’ of the athlete’s accomplishments under a particular coach; even if there are very few athletes who attained very high results.
Breadth quantifying volume and height quantifying intensity.
I am just as interested in a coach that has trained, for example, one dominating athlete as a coach who has trained many.
Yes, I know, this is contrary to the discussion I furthered in regards to my support for Bondarchuk.
I actually had a great conversation with a Ph.D friend of mine (sports medicine) in which he sited the validity of research based upon single subjects in so far as- so long as the means by which the research was conducted were top form and the subject was of the highest quality, then this type of data is just as meaningful as a study that is based more upon the ‘breadth’ of its operation.
This is why I still think that a man like Jay Schroeder, whose ideas I certainly do not agree with in their entirety, is someone who deserves attention even if Archuletta was his silver bullet athlete.
In my view, this arguement is most compelling with respect to international class masters of sport as no one, in my estimation, regardless of genetic material and drugs, is capable of dominating a field of other international class masters of sport based upon the successful yield of their parents breeding and pharmaceuticals alone.
I think we would all agree that the equation for success of this magnitude is certainly not limited to the contents /structure of an athlete’s DNA and performance enhancing drugs.