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Galen Rupp hopes to inspire Americans to go the distance –

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You are already an inspiration to many, Galen. Wow. Impressive performance when it counted most.


"If I could be an inspiration to others, that would be the greatest compliment ever," Rupp said Sunday afternoon, the day after his stirring silver, relaxing at Nike's makeshift London headquarters with his training partner, Mo Farah of Great Britain, who won the gold, and the man who coaches them both, former marathon great Alberto Salazar.

"I remember being in high school and looking at what some of the African guys would do in major championships, and I'd just be in awe," Rupp said. "Where American distance running was at, you didn't really have anyone where you could say, 'This guy was up there, too. If he could do it, it's possible.'

"If you're looking at and seeing guys finish a minute behind the winners, you're thinking, 'Wow, is this even possible for someone to do that?' "

Yes, it is, Rupp proved Saturday night.

I love this:

"If I could be an inspiration to others, that would be the greatest compliment ever..."

He's accomplished it -- and more; those in the track world have followed his story for nearly a decade, and he's now inspiring an entire nation...kudos, Grupp!

Where can I learn more about him?

I can't find any of the good articles because google turns up all recent searches and articles.

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