I wrote this a couple weeks ago and meant to publish it sometime this month…..
Eric Marshall, 2014 overall winner – perennial dark horse contender, looking for a second perfect year. Like most overall winners, Marshall has one strong sport and has punched above his weight in others at the right time to get the overall win. Unlike other winners, Marshall’s one strong sport has shifted over the years, from golf to biking, primarily due to his own training (and a little bit due to new racers with mad golf skillz, please say hello to Amit). Considering the race’s history, with golfers winning more often than non-golfers, kind of crazy that Marshall’s overall win came at the peak of his golf skills and a repeat win for him would come despite his golf game. These days, where Marshall can get sneaky is on the rocks and the court. With a strong effort climbing and some luck (and the right teammates) for hoops, he could medal across three events, possibly four depending on his golf foursome. Expectations for 2017: Simple – a 1st, and 2nd, a 3rd, and just missing for a fourth medal. In contention for the overall, depending on whether the other specialists stymie the overall contenders. Weakness: Late night renditions of “Aqualung.” Simple as that. Odds: 10-1, just needs some breaks and needs to spend every day between now at ELLT 2017 biking from his house to MetroRock.