The Ritz - Teg - Rupp 10000m trio is the forefront of American Distance running in its purest form. All are natural born Americans and extremely decorated runners. To recap the trials, Galen Rupp seemed to be in the best physical shape of his life which allowed him to outlast Dathan Ritzenhein and out distance the late push of Matt Tegenkamp, both attempting their third Olympic trials. Ritz and Teg deserved their Olympic berths due to their long-term focus, wisdom and undying passion to represent the United States.
In an age context, Rupp is still the ‘pup’ of this group despite being experienced and the American Record holder. I’d imagine he still very much respects and looks up to the other two. While timing may favor Rupp to yield the best finish in the Olympic Games, his two mentors bring incredible depth to our representation in London and quite an interesting dynamic. How do you think they’ll fare at the Games?