Imagine a Simone Niggli or Thierry Gueorgiou commercial for Noname.
"I've missed more than 500 controls in my career. I've lost forty World Cup races. Eight times, I have run anchor leg for my country's relay team, and failed to win. I have mispunched in the world championships five times. And that is why I succeed."
I often find that being told I can't do something absolutely guarantees that I will do it. Don't let vocal negativity (often from a minority, and sometimes passing) squash your enduring passion. Let me know if you ever need to be reminded of that!
I imagine you've got better things to do this week than think about anything relevant to this thread, but I'm happy to talk if you want to find out more about how things work in our part of the world - while there are some obvious differences between the sporting environment in the US and Australia (like potential sources of funding), I think there are some strong parallels too, which are especially relevant to things like strengthening domestic competition. Will be at WOC from Thursday onwards.