Even if you'd get an 'F' in track history, if you ran high school then you probably remember Gammoudi from watching the Steve Prefontaine movies (Gammoudi was 2nd at the 1972 Munich Games).
"Even if I was well prepared, it’s difficult to explain the exact feelings. It was a mix of apprehension, fear and determination at the same time. I remember what our president in that time, Bourguiba, told me before I left for Mexico, ‘Bring me the gold and I will give you what you want.’ My answer was, ‘I’ll bring the gold and you’ll come with me to take it my childhood home,’ a small place in the south of Tunisia, called Sidi Aich. The desire of my mum was to see the President, and this was important for me. Both of us honored the promise, and there are no words to explain my happiness when I heard my national anthem on the top of the podium!"
Originally Houlihan wsa just going to go for sub-15 in Heusden, but as the season progressed Jerry Schumacher steadily dropped the goal which forced Shalane Flanagan to "cram fitness" to be able to pace her.
Get to know the woman who shocked the world in Boston as she talks about her 2nd place finish, as well as a lot of other highlights from her high school/college career. She also talks about balancing full-time nursing and training and plans for the future.
Asked to respond to the LRC analysis giving her no chance to win Olympic marathon gold, Jorgensen gave a great reply and said, "If someone else showed me my PRs on paper and said this person wants to win Olympic gold, I'd probably laugh [too]."
Asked if he would change anything about his career he said, "No, honestly I wouldn’t. The things that happened in my career happened, and they made me who I am today. I’m thankful for what happened and what didn’t happen and I have no regrets on how it turned out. Obviously everyone wants more success, to run faster, to win medals. In the end, I’m happy to be who I am and to have accomplished what I did."
Ullyot was on the US team for the first International Women’s Marathon in Germany in 1976 where she finished 6th and wrote the first training book for women.
Knight talks about winning NCAAs, his favorite competitors, running heroes, how he started running, and future plans.
Goucher talks about the possibility of leading running retreats, stem cell treatment, and life at home with his wife Kara and Colt.
Keiffer talks about the lead up to her huge PB which included fighting through injury two weeks before. (Interview starts at 12:13 mark.)
"I’ve been sent a lot of random little gifts and notes from people I don’t know, which I really appreciate. Some company contacted me and wanted to send me a new mattress. I’m like, 'Okay? Thank you.' Things like that, you’re just like, “Okay, when you win a marathon you get a mattress too?”
Get to know the 26:54 10,000m man who's racked up a ton of Ws on the roads including a fourth consecutive win at Falmouth this past summer.
Ramos discusses the struggles of living and training in Puerto Rico without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and trying to break her 2:36 NR in NYC. *Full Interview Transcript
Staynings talks about being a 8-time All-American at Western Kentucky University, compares the '76 Games with the boycotted ones in '80 and tells a funny story about how he started running.
Grunewald says it's been a good summer as she's started a new clinical trial of "immunotherapy" where unlike chemo, she has "almost zero symptoms."
The elite marathoner turned-ultra runner talks about her recent performances at Comrades, Western States as well as her overall career and transition to ultras.
Winn says "pacing is more stressful than racing" and shares some insights into the experience and what it pays.
On being towards the front at USAs: "It felt strangely comfortable. You know, going back to high school, I generally ran towards the front for the most part, and it just kind of felt like what it felt like when I was running when I was younger, and it felt like I belonged up there. And thinking forward, it's like, 'Wow, I'm going to be a lot closer when whoever decides to make a move,' and that's exactly how it happened."
Symmonds says he wants to break 3-hours in Honolulu as Danny Mackey say'd he'd be surprised if he ran slower than 3:15 and surprised if he ran faster than 2:45.
Levins says he had a "pretty good" relationship with Salazar, although not as personal as he has with his former college coach Eric Houle. Levins said the doping allegations were tough to deal with, but weren't why he left the group and he has "the utmost faith" that his former teammates are clean.
Walmsley was the favorite coming in and was on CR pace with a huge lead after the first half, but ended up blowing up in the heat and DNFing.