“I would be very surprised if there was any thought that a deal is going to be struck here or in any of these cases. It’s just not the system. That is not what the AIU does. ...Look, I don’t think it is that complicated. I really don’t. The athletes are asked to give their whereabouts for one hour a day, and there is plenty of scope if that one hour suddenly becomes a problem. It’s not arcane maritime law. I’m sorry, you don’t need a degree of logistics from Cambridge to figure that out. If you’re hanging by a thread on one or even two [missed tests], then my instinct would be to be sitting by my front door for that hour. You wouldn’t risk not being there. If they fall foul of this regularly they will be banned. I can’t put it in any blunter way. And that is what the AIU is there to do. And that is what the AIU is there to do. It’s not a sort of an afterthought. Alongside biological passports and adverse analytical findings it is a central part of the anti-doping landscape. ...It’s the world [athletes] live in. They accept it. And they’re actually quite grateful that we’ve got systems in place that are actually protecting them.”
Bolt answers questions about his favorite race, why he never broke the WR again, soccer, the NFL, will he ever run a marathon and the Nike shoe controversy.
"A lot of people say that, but I never really had the desire to try out for the NFL. I don’t like getting hit."
Warholm says that he had to talk Leif into letting him run Euro Indoors, so they put out some funny pictures of Warholm pretending to torture his coach to convince him.
Muhammad and her coach, Lawrence Johnson, explain that they went into this season going for the WR and Johnson says he thinks she could have run 51.6 or 51.7 if she had "ran the perfect race."
He'll be racing this weekend for the first time since that accident in 2016. This after doctors initially told him they didn't know if he'd ever walk again.
“I always said from day one, ‘As long as I’ve got my legs I’ll be able to run’. I can’t really explain how or why I knew, but inside me I always believed it. It’s not deluded X Factor belief, where you can’t sing, but you think you can. If I was done I would have known. But I knew I wasn’t.”
"As a kid I remember being fearless. Back then I didn’t worry about expectations. I was unafraid. I was wild and free but also very driven ... Since I was young, I was never afraid of a challenge. I always wanted to test myself. I’d run against the older guys. At church I wanted to sing the most challenging songs. I was always keen to be around elders at bible studies because I wanted to learn more. In the streets I used to lay down buckets and cans to jump over in races. Sometimes I used to put one bucket on top of another just for the challenge. ... My mum always advised me not to change and, for the most part, I haven’t. I’m still that same goofy kid I used to be. However, as I’ve grown older I’ve sometimes become so caught up in expectations, I’ve lose that sense of self. Last year I think I lost that sense of fun. At the time in my career I was coping with several ‘what next’ questions and struggling to find answers. I had injuries and I was becoming consumed by track and field. To fix this I had to do some serious soul searching and ask what works for me. It was less a case of giving advice to my younger self; it was more about what I could learn as an adult from my younger self. How could I reconnect with that feeling of fearlessness? I realized to rediscover a happy Omar, I needed to be in a happy environment. This would help me become a healthy Omar which translates to a fast Omar."
This is our favorite one so far in the IAAF's "advice to younger self" series. Oliver explains that he wouldn't change a thing as every mistake eventually lead him to where he got. "I would also say I have no regrets or advice to give because if you have never been through setbacks, how does that teach resilience? Going through challenges teaches you coping strategies for the future."
They ask if Boling is the second coming of Johnny “Lam” Jones who ran a 45.1 leg for 440y at the 1976 state meet.
A 10.13/44.75 (relay) double plus a win in the LJ has definitely left an impression.
Also includes a video with interviews with Lyles, his mother and his coach. Talking about the "next Usain Bolt" Lyes says, “Whatever Usain did was awesome. ... I see that as a great way to say, 'I’m going to break that, and then I’m going to get even bigger than him.'"
A routine checkup appointment turned into an emergency C-section to save both Felix and her daughter Camryn. Her daughter, born 3 pounds, 7 ounces, is still in the NICU, but doing well.
*MB: Allyson Felix is a Mom
"It got to the point that strange superstitions took over: I can’t wear these boxers anymore, I have to wear the ones I used when I was running well, I have to go back to using that toothpaste, not this one. It was crazy. ... In college, when I had no money, I didn’t over-think things, but as a professional athlete I was on a mission to do everything right: buy organic food, do the best of everything – stuff I thought was going to help me run faster. It didn’t."
Lyles also talks about "transcending the sport" and says he's had a lot of kids come up to him and saying they've only heard his rap songs, but not seen him run.
Williams' story is important for young stars to hear because they need to know that the success they have as a junior isn't guaranteed to continue and just one injury can set your career back years.
Brown says his team's strategy was to kick the ball behind the other team's defense and have him sprint after it. " I played multiple sports when I was younger but ultimately felt my best opportunity to be world-class was in the sport of track because the common denominator in every sport I played was speed."
"That was probably the most vivid race I’ve ever remembered. I remembered every step..."
A good read on Ellis' 5th-to-1st anchor leg at NCAAs to win USC the 4x400 and the meet.
Harper talks about coming back to the athlete village and sharing a room with teammate Damu Cherry who was 4th. "All night she was crying in bed and I am in the other bed knowing I am Olympic champion, bursting with emotion."
I then had no option but to knock on the door of Damu – my teammate who had finished fourth that night and missed a medal by 0.01 – who was in the room next to me and I had to ask her if I could stay in her room because she had a spare bed. I said ‘I feel so bad to ask’, but she replied ‘don’t feel bad.” All night she was crying in bed and I am in the other bed knowing I am Olympic champion, bursting with emotion.
“On either side of the room were two athletes experiencing the two emotional extremes of what can happen in track and field. On the one side, I had experienced glorious success, and on the other pure devastation.”
Researching the steps to a pro track career, scrounging money so Lyles could travel to big meets as a high schooler, helping manage his career and his finances, and flying to Florida to do Lyles rehab walks with him, Keisha Caine-Lyles is definitely an Olympic quality mom.