LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. David Oliver learned his lesson early.
One of Americas best 110-meter hurdlers and a man with a shot at Olympic gold in London this August made the mistake back in 2005 of showing up 15 minutes late to practice under the guidance of his new track coach, Brooks Johnson.
It wasnt because Oliver accidentally overslept or decided to just to take the morning off to rest his aching muscles. He was simply being a good guy, driving a friend to Orlando International Airport before doubling back to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
Johnson, one of the sports most respected coaches, wasnt impressed.
He kicked me out of practice, Oliver recalls with a smile on a steamy morning last week after practice. He just told me to go home and Id only been here for two weeks.
Oliver figured out right then that he needed to stick to the rules and to learn to roll with Johnsons demanding, detail-oriented approach as a coach. Oliver had played football in addition to run...