Britain has decided not to send full teams and has left a number of athletes home even if they were qualified with world ranking, including steeplechase Trials winner Mark Pearce. The British have a long history of making embarrassing decisions - heck they even left world record holder Seb Coe off the 1988 Olympic team even though he was in great form.
"He was one of those people you could learn from by just observing. He treated everyone with respect. He always seemed to do the right thing because he had an incontrovertible moral compass. He shaped countless careers and changed so many lives. Those of us who had the privilege to experience it will be forever grateful," said Frank O'Mara.
*MB: Excellent read: 5 Hog legends - Joe Falcon, Ruben Reina, Frank O'Mara, Eric Henry & S. Lassiter -remember Coach John McDonnell You can even watch a replay of his funeral rosary.
“He gets up at 6am, comes to the office, and doesn’t leave until 9pm. He is very determined and committed to his job as a coach and a mentor to us athletes," said Davis who also praises her double-amputee boyfriend Hunter Woodhall.
After she lost Big 12s indoors, he told her, “If you give me two weeks of complete commitment to the process, I promise you that none of these people will ever beat you again."
*Lyles admits he watches lots of tape of Sha'Carri Richardson I"’ve been watching a lot of runners, especially like Sha’Carri [Richardson], and it’s more like getting yourself into positions to run fast."
*Lyles on his black glove salute last year: "As athletes it’s hard to show that you love your country and also say that change is needed. [That was] my way of saying this country is great but it can be better."
"I tried to think of one time in my life where alcohol has actually done something good for my life, and I couldn’t think of one thing," said Scullion who admitted he was battling depression right before his 2:09. "I was doing brilliant at running, that’s the easy part for me."
Hutchinson supports a LRC coaching tip - relax your face to run faster.
Both were big successes as kids and then still factors professionally in their late 30s (and longer for Kastor).
With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it by creating a fake hospital.With investigators closing in, the high jumper Danil Lysenko needed a paper trail to support his story. Top Russian track officials provided it by creating a fake hospital. *PDF of Full Decision
"Losing a parent changes you. In a way, it forces you to leave a past self behind. From that moment on, things are never quite the same." If you like this piece, you'll love his memoir which is coming out soon.
The answer in Rojo's mind should be both and it might vary based on the athlete's age. Steve Ovett's old coach would agree.
Not surprisingly, Hobbs comes from good genes as his father was an all-state XC runner in HS and his mother was a 2:44:55 marathoner who competed at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Barshim talks about his remarkable performance at home at the 2019 Worlds and how he recently got Covid.
*Gabriela Rosa says fact that Brigid Kosgei has kids helps her be better: “From my experience, women athletes with children are more focused and train harder."
*Kimaiyo and Rosa both knew before Chicago 2019 that Kosgei would shatter the WR - "I saw that the training she had done was incredible."
*An inside look at Kosgei's training camp
Many docs thought Allred, who was one of the op xc runners in the country as a junior in HS, was a total head case. A strange diagnosis for someone who started a podcast at 14, published a book at 16 and has a youtube channel with 10k subscribers. More on him here. Or read his own writing about his surgery hell here.
A great profile of Dale Stevenson.
"I am often telling athletes that speed work is overrated but Stewy takes it to a whole new level."
After an "out-of-nowhere" day 1 win, underdog Soka University started the final day with a 2:14 lead and were poised to make history with a 3:19 lead going into the final 23km leg. But Komazawa caught up with 2km to go to pull off the first anchor stage comeback at Hakone in 20-years.
Stewart talks about how he tracked down Bill Rodgers to win gold in 1975 in a hot as hell Morocco.