“He’s just really coming into his peak years on the track and he’s still improving there,” Salazar said during a podcast on Competitor.com. “You move up when you feel you’ve sort of plateaued at the lower distance, and only when you feel you’re not a medalist at the shorter distance.”
In London, Rupp earned a silver medal in the 10,000-meter race, finishing behind his British training partner, Mo Farah. Rupp, 26, will be 30 years old at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Many hope that Rupp will be in Rio de Janeiro, once again representing the United States in the 10,000-meters. After all, Rupp did “deliver the best moment for American distance running … since 1968,” according to his biography on the USA Track and Field website.
Rupp’s medal in the 10,000-meters was the first in the event by an American man since Billy Mills won gold in 1968, according to USA Track and Field.