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RE: Ariz St starts women's lax and triathalon, PAC12 will now sponsor W Lax
(10-21-2015 09:43 PM)Wedge Wrote:  
(10-21-2015 08:50 PM)NoDak Wrote:  Question if women's triathlon in colleges would ever result in Olympic medals, as those athletes tend to be older and have had a lot of life experiences. College is great prep for sprinting and field events, but don't buy it for marathon and triathlon.

I agree that it's unlikely a triathlete would go straight from college to winning an Olympic medal, but I think the idea is not that, it's to get more women into the sport at a younger age so as to develop an eventual pool of Olympic-class triathletes in their 30s. Having the "carrot" of college scholarships out there has been a big incentive in other sports to developing top junior athletes.

Don't mean to be a contrarian here. (no one would ever accuse of me of that)

But I will say that I don't agree the goal or point of building up olympic sports at the college level, for women (or for men), has anything to do with the actual olympic teams.

In my opinion, it's just about participation. Getting women to participate in college varsity athletics.


I think that any woman who is showing enough skill and potential to be an olympian, regardless which event, would be training with the best club (or perhaps directly at the US training center) from the git-go. Or turn professional, early on, if that context makes more sense (ie, tennis and golf).


My $0.02.

And that's not to put down (women's) olympic sports at the college level. I think they're a great thing.
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RE: Ariz St starts women's lax and triathalon, PAC12 will now sponsor W Lax
South Dakota becomes the third DI school to add women's triathlon. Ariz St and ETSU already have and there are 17 other NCAA schools that have started the program at DII or DIIi.
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RE: Ariz St starts women's lax and triathalon, PAC12 will now sponsor W Lax
Wagner becomes the 4th school to sponsor women's triathlon.


http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/New...-Triathlon
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12-04-2017 06:17 PM
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(12-04-2017 06:17 PM)NoDak Wrote:  Wagner becomes the 4th school to sponsor women's triathlon.


http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Triathlon/New...-Triathlon

another effort to offset Football scholarships as Universities tilt more female.
12-08-2017 01:44 AM
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RE: Ariz St starts women's lax and triathalon, PAC12 will now sponsor W Lax
(10-23-2015 09:05 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  
(10-21-2015 09:43 PM)Wedge Wrote:  I agree that it's unlikely a triathlete would go straight from college to winning an Olympic medal, but I think the idea is not that, it's to get more women into the sport at a younger age so as to develop an eventual pool of Olympic-class triathletes in their 30s. Having the "carrot" of college scholarships out there has been a big incentive in other sports to developing top junior athletes.

Don't mean to be a contrarian here. (no one would ever accuse of me of that)

But I will say that I don't agree the goal or point of building up olympic sports at the college level, for women (or for men), has anything to do with the actual olympic teams.

In my opinion, it's just about participation. Getting women to participate in college varsity athletics.

I think that any woman who is showing enough skill and potential to be an olympian, regardless which event, would be training with the best club (or perhaps directly at the US training center) from the git-go.
I will confirm that you are not just being contrarian, since there isn't anything in your claim that is contrary to what Wedge pointed out. There is no "get-go" to be "from" unless there is participation. More immediate goals than "going to the Olympics" are needed to drive participation. Going to college with a partial ride from the sport is obviously not enough to be the only driver, but it helps.

And there is another dimension to this, which is that greater participation at the college level creates a larger supply of potential leaders of youth programs when they graduate, helping out participation on the supply side as well as the demand side.
12-08-2017 05:36 AM
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RE: Ariz St starts women's lax and triathalon, PAC12 will now sponsor W Lax
(12-08-2017 05:36 AM)BruceMcF Wrote:  
(10-23-2015 09:05 AM)MplsBison Wrote:  
(10-21-2015 09:43 PM)Wedge Wrote:  I agree that it's unlikely a triathlete would go straight from college to winning an Olympic medal, but I think the idea is not that, it's to get more women into the sport at a younger age so as to develop an eventual pool of Olympic-class triathletes in their 30s. Having the "carrot" of college scholarships out there has been a big incentive in other sports to developing top junior athletes.

Don't mean to be a contrarian here. (no one would ever accuse of me of that)

But I will say that I don't agree the goal or point of building up olympic sports at the college level, for women (or for men), has anything to do with the actual olympic teams.

In my opinion, it's just about participation. Getting women to participate in college varsity athletics.

I think that any woman who is showing enough skill and potential to be an olympian, regardless which event, would be training with the best club (or perhaps directly at the US training center) from the git-go.
I will confirm that you are not just being contrarian, since there isn't anything in your claim that is contrary to what Wedge pointed out. There is no "get-go" to be "from" unless there is participation. More immediate goals than "going to the Olympics" are needed to drive participation. Going to college with a partial ride from the sport is obviously not enough to be the only driver, but it helps.

And there is another dimension to this, which is that greater participation at the college level creates a larger supply of potential leaders of youth programs when they graduate, helping out participation on the supply side as well as the demand side.

Did you notice that you were responding to a 2 year old post from someone who has been banned from the forum for quite a while?
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