Tue, 21 October 2014
Has a parody twitter account ever faced off with its subject? In this episode, Andrew talks about how he felt as @therealstarky gained popularity, and how it feels to be an outcast among the pro field. Is it true that he heckled Hector Guerrera at Oceanside 70.3? Andrew describes how Sebastian Kienle runs around naked in the hallway before photo shoots and makes claims as to who is better endowed. Why did he blow up on the bike in Kona? Did Andrew Messick hide Starky’s special needs bag? Did years of recreational drug use give Lionel Sanders an unfair advantage? What is the full story about being imprisoned in Abu Dhabi? Did Lance Armstrong help him get out of jail? Drafting, bad officials taking selfies with Apolo Ohno, clean protocol and more.
I think it would have been better for AS to not comment at all on LS. The truth is the opinions are speculation just as there could have been opinions that 4:04 bike splits are not natural. Seems like he doesn't think before he speaks. Also, in terms of The Real Starky interviewing/podcast. It is much more tame and less in your face than Twitter. Seems like the podcast is aimed being overly complimentary. Not what I expected
Lionel Sanders is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and he speaks openly about his past to honour sport and its role in his recovery. He is very generous with his painful story, acknowledging his demons and inspiring others, kids in particular, to turn their lives around and use sport as a vehicle for change. I know this first-hand because he coached my child in a youth triathlon club for the better part of 2013. In fact, I was involved in hiring him for the club. The parents were all aware of his past, and we embraced him because of it, not in spite of it. Bashing Lionel's generosity in this capacity, and questioning the reasons behind his success show a lack of insight. Lionel is where he is because he works harder and wants it more than anyone else. What's more, he's earned it.