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The team seemed relax and the US men's senior coach Jim Nichols said everyone was getting along great. Everyone seemed to be having a good time at dinner and to have really enjoyed the trip to the Dead Sea. I'm going to try to get them to share some of their photos as it sounded pretty cool. The women had no problem wearing two-piece suits and the water was very, very buoyant.
I ended up getting interviews with three people. You can watch the interviews below if you like. Since the website's motto is "Where your dreams become reality," I made sure I interviewed Julie Culley and Ed Moran as they are living the dream of rags to riches.
Is German Running?
I've gotten quite a few emails and texts from people in the States asking me if German Fernandez was running. People have told me he is injured and not running. All I can say is I think those claims are ridiculous rumors and not true.
When I first got to Amman, I checked my email and there was one from Texas Runner Girl asking me if German Fernandez was going to run. She said she'd heard he was hurt and not running. I must admit I didn't take it seriously and sort of laughed it off as when I got here I was very surprised to learn from the IAAF that German would be one of the featured athletes at Friday's press conference. I figured if he's hurt, they certainly wouldn't feature him at the press conference.
But the emails and texts (I just got one from Wejo telling me German has a stress reaction) have continued all day today. All I can say is that German was the first person I saw running at the practice area today and he looked fine. Check the photos out for yourself, but he looked fine.
Additionally, last night when I was at the same dinner table at German, he seemed fine and relaxed talking to Puskedra. Since I heard he was doing the press conference here on Friday, I felt no need to talk to him about running when I was eating at his table.
Admittedly, I didn't ask him about his running but that was just because I didn't want to bother him given I don't know German and have never met him and I knew coach Dave Smith didn't want too much media attention on German. The week prior to leaving, I had been in contact with Dave and the Oklahoma State SID people and had agreed to honor their wishes to not put too much pressure on German by requesting an interview before I left so I certainly wasn't going to interrupt his dinner.
I'll be sure to ask him some questions at the press conference tomorrow. Additionally, I'm hoping to catch up with Dave Smith after dinner tonight as Dave is finally back in Amman after a day trip to Petra.
The other thing that I'd say about practice real quick (I might add more later but need to eat) is that the when you see a pack of Kenyans coming together in their Nike uniforms, it's very intimidating. Those guys were certainly working up a sweat on their run.
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