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LetsRun.com The Week That Was
December 15 - December 21

by: LetsRun.com
December 24, 2008

Let's be honest. Not much happened last week in terms of any actual running-related performances, as most of the world was getting ready for Xmas and New Year's. So instead of spending hours trying to recap a week that didn't have a lot of actual performances, we decided to recap the week in a single sentence (that way we'd have time to turn our attention to a review of the year as a whole which you can find starting on Christmas).

A single sentence plus some links at the end. So here goes. The Week That Was in one sentence.

Hayley Yelling retired, Robert Cheruyiot changed his name to Ahmed Omar Kipkoech, Mark Rowland was named head coach of the Oregon Track Club, Kara Goucher committed to Boston, Usain Bolt won a ton of awards and attended a Celtics game, the scores in our Foot Locker prediction contest were announced, and there was a great article written about arguably the greatest collegiate coach in history, John McDonnell, and another great article written about arguably the greatest distance runner in history, Haile Gebrselassie.

Links From Last Week

Ahmed Omar Kipkoech Cheruiyot = Robert Cheruyiot
Former Euro XC Champ Hayley Yelling Retires ... She Missed The Last 3 Olympic Games By A Combined 5 Seconds
Mark Rowland Named Head Of Oregon Track Club The Brit and surprise bronze medallist in the steeple at the 1988 Games is the man picked to replace Gags. Interestingly enough, this was first reported on the LRC message board way back on October 22nd. A few facts were off, but yet again something you heard first on the LRC message board. *2nd Thread From October 18th
Kara Goucher To Run Boston In 2009 On The Boards: Kara Goucher to run Boston Kara joins Ryan Hall as a legitimate American contender for the Boston win in 2009. Remember, no American female has won Boston since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach in 1985. Boston - as far as depth of talent - may be a JV race compared to London, but Boston's name means a lot to the average American (regardless of which international elites compete) and Boston's strategy seems to be pool its limited money to try to have a good shot at an American winner.
*Neely Spence To Stay At Shippensburg University
Former Euro XC Champ Hayley Yelling Retires... She Missed The Last 3 
New LRC Usain Bolt Boston Celtics Photo Gallery The world's fastest man was in Boston Friday night with front row seats at the Celtics game. LetsRun.com was on hand as the Celtics won their 17th straight, and Bolt got the lead in the associated press recap of the game: "After racing within a game of tying a team winning streak, the Boston Celtics were all abuzz -- with talk of a famous face in the front row. Olympic gold medalist sprinter Usain Bolt watched as the defending NBA champs won their 17th straight and improved to 25-2 with a 125-108 victory over Chicago on Friday night." *Bolt Voted L'Équipe's Athlete Of The Year

Interesting Reads:
*Recommended Read Of The Week: John McDonnell Speaks In Front Of Razorbacks Sports Club
*A Must Read No Sign Of Finish Line For Haile Gebrselassie
Radcliffe On the Run: A Journalist Goes Running With Paula Radcliffe And She Shares Her Secrets
 She tells you how to get out of a mental bad patch.
Martin Lel Reveals A Ton And Is Poised For World Record Run 
This article is great as Lel reveals that he was coming back from malaria and an amoeba attack and therefore he wants to thank God for his "incredible" 2:10 Olympic performance. Lel also reveals that Sammy Wanjiru has him thinking of the world record. In the same article, Robert Cheruyiot announces he's now Muslim.
The IAAF Asks Was 2008 The Greatest Year In History For The Men's Marathon?
 Profiles The Two GMU Rock Star Profs Who Invented The Urine HGH Test 
The two apparently are the biggest stars at GMU. They make $250,000 a year (pre-royalties) and had a $2-3 million lab built just for them. The test isn't out yet. *Original Article On Test From July Here
*Thanks To Russian Sting, Reuters Says 2008 Was A Good Year For Drug Testers In addition to the sting, a test for CERA came out and it was a pretty good year on the anti-doping front. This article is a 
recommended read for sure.
LRC: Foot Locker Prediction Contest Results The computer has done its calculations and it should have done them sooner. LetsRun.com's Wejo comes in 2nd place in the unofficial men's results.

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