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Stretching?

November 29, 2008

Few if any athletes are as supremely trained and conditioned as Oscar De La Hoya. However, I think his trainers might be overstating his fitness in a Nov. 25 story. "Those who time De La Hoya's mountain runs say he conquers an eight-mile course of hilly trails in 48 minutes."

Repeating a performance like this on routine training runs, then following up with hours of gym training, all at 7,500-feet elevation in Big Bear, is simply unbelievable. In fact, were Oscar moving that quickly, he could keep company with Big Bear native Ryan Hall, U.S. national marathon record holder and Olympic team member. Maybe Oscar could invite Ryan to spar in the gym afterward?

Brad Kearns

Auburn, Calif.

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