What A Difference A Decade Makes

10 Years Ago, The US Sucked In The Mid-Distances, Now The US Is A World Power – Why? David Monti reminds us just how much things have changed from 2003 to 2013 as 10 years ago no one from the US made the final of Worlds in the 800 or 1,500 and only six men and women broke 3:40/4:10.

2013 IAAF End-Of-Year Review Of 800 And 1,500 Races 2013 was supposed to be the year of the 800 but some of the stars of the incredible 2012 Olympic final struggled in 2012, but not Nick Symmonds and Mo Aman.

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Toni Reavis On Running In The Cold And Dealing With Dreaded Penis Frostbite

The Key To Jamaican Sprint Success Unveiled?

Perfectly Symmetrical Legs Are Key To Jamaican Sprint Success “We found that Jamaican children have particularly symmetric legs, in comparison to Europeans. Furthermore, in children symmetry in the legs, particularly in the knees, predicted their willingness to sprint and their sprinting times when they were adults.”

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Athletes Of The Year

In Tightest Voting Ever, HJer Bohdan Bondarenko Wins Track & Field News Athlete Of Year Award The 23-year-old HJer, who went 7-10¾ this year, edged Usain Bolt by a single point as Mo Farah was third and Mo Aman fourth.

LaShawn Merritt & Brianna Rollins Are TFN’s US Athletes Of The Year Jenny Simpson (#5) and Brenda Martinez (#7) and Nick Symmonds (#5) and Galen Rupp (#10) were the only mid-d/distance women/men in the top 10.

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Sunday Action

Symmonds Talks About His Move To Brooks

symmonds brooksLRC Nick Symmonds Is Thrilled To Have Say At Brooks – “Just sitting in Eugene twiddling my thumbs waiting for Nike to call me – that was not satisfying for me” In an exclusive chat with LetsRun, Symmonds reveals the financial the deals offered to him by Nike and Brooks were similar, but at Brooks he’s got input. Symmonds also talks about training without Mark Rowland, how fortunate he is as compared to Leo Manzano, and the high quality of journalism one can find on LetsRun.com each day.

New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Week Races

Renaud Lavillenie Pole Vault Diary: Says He’s Just Had One Of Best Training Cycles Of His Career, Getting Ready For World Indoors Last year, Lavillenie was struggling with injuries this time of year.

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 Or Normal News 

Olympic Writer Alan Abrahamson Slams Dennis Rodman For Going To N. Korea Next Month “Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is not engaging in ‘sports diplomacy’ by going to North Korea and hanging out, or not, with the dictator Kim Jong Un. All he’s doing is creating publicity for Dennis Rodman.” Kim Jong Un is a bad, bad man. “On his birthday last year, Kim reportedly handed out copies of’ Mein Kampf‘ as gifts.”

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WTWDistance Runners Can't Dance, Run Over The Summer, Don't Set Goals, The Joys Of Being Called A Steroid-Using Hermaphrodite And Words Of Wisdom From Janet Bawcom

In the final week of 2013, Janet Bawcom reflects on Christmas and how far she's come, Phoebe Wright gets cult status on LetsRun.com after giving out some dating advice, Haile G can't dance, free goal setting advice, free healthy living advice, and a flash mob from India.

New WADA Head Says They May Start Doing Hair Testing To Identify Drug Cheats Cycling has been doing hair testing for a long time as Lance Armstrong complained about it via twitter in 2009.

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