|Tarmoh at the U.S. trials in June. (US Presswire)|
The track and field portion of the Olympics isn't set to begin for another nine days. Until then, the biggest conversation piece, or at least one of the biggest, will be the leftover talking points from the American women's 100-meter trials.
It was the now-infamous Race That Was Too Close to Call. Allyson Felix, established and gorgeous U.S. track star, finished in a virtual tie against Jeneba Tarmoh, practically unknown up-and-comer on the U.S. track circuit.
First the win was given to Tarmoh. Then it was too close to call. So then it was a tie. Would they run? After deliberations took too long, prompting big-time criticism and publicity of the wrong kind against United States track officials, it was decided: the girls could run it off.
But Tarmoh backed out. She chose to not to run, robbing the public of one of the greatest non-Olympic American track spectacles it would have ever seen.
Why'd she back out?
After putting on a pretty face and smiling away the critics, Tarmoh has chosen to open up about what she went through and how she still feels slighted and wronged by the process. In effect: she feels if Felix was declared the original winner, as Tarmoh was, there wouldn't have even been talk of a run-off. And that bothers her. A lot.
"I'm always going to remember my first Olympics as the year when my 100-meter spot was taken away from me,'' Tarmoh told Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden.