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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #210 on: June 27, 2016, 05:05:55 PM »
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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #212 on: September 06, 2016, 08:30:49 AM »
Laugh and cry does live in the same house.....

http://www.newsday.co.tt/sport/0,232839.html
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Ato, Torpedo part ways
Tuesday, September 6 2016

THE PARTNERSHIP of multiple Olympic medallists Ato Boldon and Richard “Torpedo” Thompson has ended, with Boldon, in his new role as a coach, focusing instead on the up-and-coming teenaged sensation Khalifa St Fort.

Thompson approached Boldon to be his coach in August 2015 and the pair worked together in the lead-up to last month’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

But Thompson had a poor showing at the Games, as he was eliminated in the first round of the men’s 100 metres and was part of the men’s 4x100m relay team who were disqualified in the final.

According to a story on CNC3 News last night, Boldon was quoted as saying, “(Thompson) just feels like he has to move on. I think we were honest about how much attention Khalifa gets in the camp and I think he felt, at some point this year, that my focus is so much on Khalifa that everybody else sorts of takes a back seat.

“Richard will continue to run, for how much longer I don’t know,” continued Boldon.

“That is up to him. Richard will continue to run but he and I will not be working together, even though we remain friends.”
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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #213 on: September 06, 2016, 08:38:09 AM »

smh like ah soap opera drama episode

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But Thompson had a poor showing at the Games, as he was eliminated in the first round of the men’s 100 metres and was part of the men’s 4x100m relay team who were disqualified in the final.

According to a story on CNC3 News last night, Boldon was quoted as saying, “(Thompson) just feels like he has to move on. I think we were honest about how much attention Khalifa gets in the camp and I think he felt, at some point this year, that my focus is so much on Khalifa that everybody else sorts of takes a back seat.

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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #214 on: September 06, 2016, 08:47:33 AM »
That part in bold, is what has me shaking my head. Why invite Richard to the camp, if you know you can't give him the attention he deserves. Worst yet, is that it reads as if he was playing favorites.

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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #215 on: September 07, 2016, 10:58:06 PM »
That part in bold, is what has me shaking my head. Why invite Richard to the camp, if you know you can't give him the attention he deserves. Worst yet, is that it reads as if he was playing favorites.

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After that poor showing I doubt Ato will attract athletes unless st fort win Gold in the future.. Ah love Ato but he failed as a coach with the team.. Our athletes should have at least medaled.
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« Reply #216 on: September 08, 2016, 11:33:14 AM »
That part in bold, is what has me shaking my head. Why invite Richard to the camp, if you know you can't give him the attention he deserves. Worst yet, is that it reads as if he was playing favorites.

#poorconduct

After that poor showing I doubt Ato will attract athletes unless st fort win Gold in the future.. Ah love Ato but he failed as a coach with the team.. Our athletes should have at least medaled.

In Ato's defense he was not the national coach and such a title means very little in the T&F world. All a national T&F coach does is pretty much being a manager and making sure that the athletes who don't have their personal coaches with them, have their workouts supervised and the athletes have everything they need. Richard and Khalifa were his only two direct charges. Everyone else had their own coach who was responsible for their prep.
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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #217 on: September 12, 2016, 01:52:52 AM »
...failed with the team... ??? and Aviator, no-one was invited. I don't invite anyone.
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« Reply #218 on: September 12, 2016, 08:15:10 PM »
That part in bold, is what has me shaking my head. Why invite Richard to the camp, if you know you can't give him the attention he deserves. Worst yet, is that it reads as if he was playing favorites.

#poorconduct

After that poor showing I doubt Ato will attract athletes unless st fort win Gold in the future.. Ah love Ato but he failed as a coach with the team.. Our athletes should have at least medaled.

In Ato's defense he was not the national coach and such a title means very little in the T&F world. All a national T&F coach does is pretty much being a manager and making sure that the athletes who don't have their personal coaches with them, have their workouts supervised and the athletes have everything they need. Richard and Khalifa were his only two direct charges. Everyone else had their own coach who was responsible for their prep.

My apologies when I said team I meant Atos contingent that decided to be coached by him... But I rescind my comments because i thought he had other athletes under him..

My bad Ato... Trinidad journalism needs to be more clear when they are reporting about something...

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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #219 on: September 15, 2016, 04:08:17 AM »

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“Richard will continue to run, for how much longer I don’t know,” continued Boldon.

“That is up to him. Richard will continue to run but he and I will not be working together, even though we remain friends.”

I can understand why Ato would gravitate towards Khalifa, in my opinion, that can be considered normal since she is like his little diamond.

But the main thing that i am picking up in this article is that Ato is simply suggesting that Richard is done.  I also think that one more failure at next year's worlds and Richard will have no choice to accept it.

And to "Contnroversial's" point about medaling...............Ato or not, which athletes you seriously thought would have medaled?  I actually had us down for 2 medals at these games, the 4x400m men and the 4x100m women.  But both weren't able to due to the disqualification and Baptiste not being at her usual exceptionally high standard.
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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #220 on: May 18, 2020, 05:38:11 AM »
Thompson: Finish what you start
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SOME would think that a three-time Olympic medallist will have nothing else to prove, but Richard Thompson said completing his university degree was important as he wants to be an example for others to finish what you start.

Thompson, now 34, started his college degree at Louisiana State University (LSU), United States in 2005, but was unable to complete it as his track and field career soared in 2008. What started 15 years ago came to an end on Friday, as Thompson graduated virtually at LSU with a degree in sociology after completing the five classes required to do so.

As the world continues to battle the global covid19 pandemic, Thompson pointed out, “The most important thing, as my parents have said to me, is I have the certificate. I am officially a college graduate now and that is something to be very proud of. Even after all of these years just going back and having the determination and drive to get back into school and complete this chapter of it was something that has always been important for me.”

Thompson, a former student at Queen’s Royal College (QRC), sprinted his way to a silver medal in the men’s 100-metre at the 2008 Beijing Olympics behind Jamaican legend Usain Bolt. Thompson was part of the quartet that initially earned silver in the men’s 4x100m relay, but ten years later the local team was upgraded to gold after Jamaica’s Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance. Marc Burns, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender and Aaron Armstrong (reserve) were also part of the TT team.

Thompson copped his third Olympic medal at the 2012 Games in London when he joined Callender, Burns and Bledman to snatch silver in the 4x100m relay.

Thompson, who was also a top footballer at QRC, said as an athlete most people only see his achievements on the track, but the Olympian is cognisant of how valuable an education is. “This side of me always knew that going back to school was important and finishing what I started because we are also more than athletes as well. People know our physical capabilities, but the education is something that will go even further and a much longer way than anything you could achieve athletically.”

Thompson said he wanted 2020 to be his last year as an athlete signing off with the 2020 Tokyo Games, but he also wanted his degree in hand. The Olympic Games has been postponed to 2021 and Thompson was able to spend enough time on his degree.

Speaking about his experience back on campus, Thompson said he wanted to inspire other athletes. “I contacted coach (Dennis) Shaver. Immediately he was excited about me coming back and the administration at LSU was very excited about me coming back and finishing up and being an example to their student-athletes that are currently there.

"I wanted to be an example for our kids in TT as well to let them know that Richard is a good runner, Richard has achieved a lot at the professional and Olympic level, but he also values the importance of education and hopefully, by me coming back and making this next step, is an example to those who come after me.”

Thompson, asked if students stared at him wondering 'who is this old man', responded, “Well, fortunately, I don’t look like an old man, so I was able to blend in and just fit right in with the others,” he said laughing.

Thompson, who felt at home at LSU, was proud of his attitude saying he was a more disciplined student compared to when he started his degree.

On competing at the 2021 Olympics, Thompson said he would like to participate but is taking it one step at a time.

“Where we are at now as far as preparation for 2021? I am just monitoring everything that is going on to see what will happen for the rest of this season and I know there is that possibility of there not being an Olympics next year with everything that is going on.”



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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #221 on: May 18, 2020, 08:49:59 AM »
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Re: The Official Richard "Torpedo" Thompson Thread
« Reply #222 on: May 22, 2020, 05:22:38 PM »

Richard Thompson Graduates From Louisiana State University  :beermug::clap:

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