As a former college athlete, when I saw Bloomberg's recap of the RBC decathlon, my interest was thoroughly piqued. The event, partnered with Memorial Sloan-Ketting Cancer Center, raised over a million dollars for an incredibly worthy cause, pediatric cancer research, through a competition in ten events: 40 yard dash, 400 meter run, 800 meter run, 20 yard shuttle, pull ups, dips, bench press, 500 meter row, vertical jump, and the football throw.
It did not surprise me in the least to see so much money raised at the event; Wall Street is awfully talented at raising money. However, given the myriad 100 hour work weeks, I assumed that the competition would be meager, perhaps one or two talented athletes, but otherwise just a fun afternoon out for the denizens of Wall Street.
I couldn't have been more wrong.
The winner,' Mark Rubin, defended his title as the previous winner, and is far from what one would describe as "un-athletic".
Rubin, a former Pennsylvania State University safety who spent time with several National Football League teams
What's more, he wasn't the only former NFL player in the mix!
Former Harvard University football captain Collin Zych, who attended training camp with the Dallas Cowboys in 2011, finished in third place, followed by fellow first-time Decathlon participant Tom. (MS) McCarthy was captain of the football team at Yale University in 2011 and spent time in NFL training camps with the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars.
This group was no joke, and their performance was remarkably impressive. Looking at the results for the bench press, where the participants lift 175 lbs. as many times as possible, is especially instructive. A participant, in order to get into the top 8, would have to perform more than 22 repetitions, and be a woman. A man would have to exceed 36 repetitions.
I don't know about you monkeys, but I'm feeling awfully fat after seeing those results. How do you think you would've done? Anyone here think they can compete?