Message - Rosie Ruiz

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Posted by  d on November 22, 2002 at 18:39:30:

In the 1970's, as I recall, the Boston Marathon footrace was apparently, for a short time, thought to have been won by an unknown woman runner; "Rosie Ruiz".

I don't know whether she actually won the race.

What interests me is the way she was disqualified; the major, established runners, of whom there are worldwide only a handful, concurred with the officials that, as none of them had ever heard of her, therefore she could not have endured the requisite training, and thus simply could not have run the race in the time posted, and thus must have cheated by, for example, taking the subway for part or all of the race.
In my view, this phenomenon explains why, in high profile competitive situations like major architectural projects, the field of potential winners is always the same members of the club....
When you do something extremely complex, you "know" that only a few others in the world have made it to that level.
Smugly ensconced on your mountaintop, you can "see" all the other mountains: if someone suggests there is a new mountain, or one which is unrecognised, you politely listen but privately dismiss the idea...
This "clubiness" exists in all fields.
The question is: can "clubiness" sometmes make for bad architecture?

How do we "know" that an unknown could not produce a masterwork?

How do we "know" that Rosie Ruiz did not win the Marathon?

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