I think we’re DEFINITELY losing people to other sports AND to inactivity in the States. I think the guys mentioned would probably be great track athletes. To think what Vick could have done in the decathlon is scary. We don’t even have to extrapolate performances though…think of the guys who actually WERE elite tracksters (at least part time) before they left for another sport:
Eric Metcalf, Terry Bradshaw, Willie Gault, Jon Ogden, Michael Bates, Rocket Ismaill, etc. There’s no other sport that loses as many elite athletes as track in the States does.