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MANY PEO­PLE WHO at­tended last De­cem­ber’s Sci­ence and Triathlon Con­fer­ence in Ed­mon­ton (Tri Scene, p.68) were there be­cause they wanted to hear Ross Tucker speak. Tucker works for the In­ter­na­tional Rugby Fed­er­a­tion and has be­come a world-renowned ex­pert on tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. It was, in part, that in­ci­sive talk that in­spired Greg Kealey to ap­proach me about this month’s train­ing fea­ture on ath­lete devel­op­ment. It’s funny how themes seem to fol­low them­selves. As we were get­ting this is­sue to press, I drove our de­sign team crazy (a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence here at Triathlon Magazine Canada) by rewrit­ing our back page podium at the last minute. I was in­spired to do that after a coach­ing talk at the Triathlon Busi­ness In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence in Tempe, Ariz., where I found my­self ask­ing some crit­i­cal ques­tions of Ari­zona State Univer­sity (ASU) coach Cliff English. “How can you look at long-term devel­op­ment for your ath­letes when your job is de­pen­dent on re­sults, not how your ath­letes do later in their ca­reers?” I asked. As you’ll read in our back-page Podium, Rocky Har­ris, the man who hired English as the coach of the ASU pro­gram, was quick to blow that the­ory out of the wa­ter. He hired English be­cause he was one of the only coaches who didn’t talk about win­ning na­tional cham­pi­onships. He talked about help­ing young ath­letes de­velop to their full

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