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Note: Regarding Waddell's early races, the link to the FISA profile is slightly different than the RowingOne profile, which again differs from the Short Biography. I updated to match the RowingOne profile.--Swlenz 23:28, 12 April 2006 (UTC)
The article stated that Rob had the worlds fastest indoor rowing 2K time . But his 5:38.3 is second to Matthias Siejkowski's 5:37.0 . I have updated the article and added a reference 18.104.22.168 (talk) 16:20, 2 January 2008 (UTC) jglynn
I've seen this claim elsewhere, but never any actual confirmation let alone an actual figure! Most news media mention this claim in reports about Waddell, but it's usually word-for-word taken from this wiki article. Unless there's a link confirming this claim, I don't think it should be on this page.
(I'm not saying he doesn't have a high VO2 max, and I can well believe he has one of the highest recorded, but with no concrete proof it shouldn't be mentioned) —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 02:15, 10 July 2009 (UTC)
I agree if VO2 is going to be stated as "one of the highest measured" there should be more information. Taking the given 2k time of 5:36, plus his bio says he's 97 kg, and plugging it into the C2 VO2 max calculator it comes up with 75.10. A world class number but not near the 90's the XC skiiers hit. That page states that it's accurate to 1.5%, but this is for someone at the limits. C2 VO2 => http://www.concept2.com/us/interactive/calculators/vo2max.asp — Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 00:04, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
The 2k may not have fully taxed his VO2 system. He did the 5k amazing fast under 15:00. The 1:30 pace is close to the 1:24 pace for the 2k and was 2.5 times the distance. His system can provide a lot of O2. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 21:09, 13 February 2012 (UTC)
The statement, "Waddell is widely considered the best rower in the world because of his incredible strength and strong heart" is an opinion and not a fact. It isn't supported by any evidence. I don't doubt that he's a great athelete or that he's widely admired. But it isn't an objective statement. I believe that it should be removed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 184.108.40.206 (talk) 15:03, 9 February 2010 (UTC)
- The intro is too much like a sports magazine article rather than a valid factual paragraph. eg Is Rob a better rower than Steve Redgrave who won gold at four consecutive Olympic games and suffered from diabetes in his final Olympic campaign?? I am sure Rob is an outstanding athlete but the intro para to the article needs to be more factual. Boatman (talk) 18:42, 9 February 2010 (UTC)