On Torrence, "A man who was in the prime of his career, who had a lot to lose, stepped forward. He walked away from the “best” training group in the world at the time and all he had was his experience. No smoking gun, no definitive evidence. He stepped forward and spoke his truth. One of the hardest things someone could do."
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*Steve Magness: "No One Really Wants A Whistle Blower: Russia, The IOC And Doping"
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*From ESPN Last Month: "Athletes, others who raise doping concerns in sports often left whistling into the wind"
*Yuliya Stepanova Banned From Rio Games But "In A Bizarre Twist", Invited To Attend As The IOC's Special Guests Thomas Bach amazingly said, “I think it will be an encouragement for all future whistleblowers."
*Was The Stepanova Decision A Way To Appease Russia?
*US Sprinter/Bobsledder Lauryn Williams And German Discus Thrower Robert Harting Backing Stepanova Crowdfunding
English missed Worlds with a stress reaction, but is back running on the alter-G and hopes to be doing regular runs in the next few weeks.
Running "by feel" is something LRC's Rojo and JK constantly preached to athletes while coaching at Cornell and is largely what Wejo credits his success to as a post-collegiate.
Magness thinks Coe and others at the IAAF ignore what they don’t want to hear and spend too much time in “politician mode”.
On being a whistleblower: “Your life is opened up to attack because you’re saying what no-one wants to hear . . . you’re discouraged from speaking what you know. There’s no protection. You saw it with the Russian whistleblowers [Vitaliy and Yulia Stepanov] and they have it way worse, having to leave the country. If I’m Sebastian Coe and I’m looking at the Russian whistleblowers, I’m bringing them in and I’m thanking them for helping to clean up the sport. He’s claimed now that he’s thanked them but at first he bashed them. Everyone in the IAAF said this isn’t the message we want to hear so let’s shoot the messenger.”
Magness talks about the benefit of having "in-between days" that aren't easy or hard.
It's definitely worth giving his tricks a try, considering he helped Sara Hall recover from her debut at the LA Marathon and finish 20th at World XC Champs less than 2-weeks later.
This article sums it up well when it says in the end, USADA's investigation led by American lawyer Bill Bock and the former New York City police detective Victor Burgos will be what matters.
Magness looks at how and why people cheat and how to prevent it. Magness: "Doping is a psychological issue. It's not that every person who dopes is evil and deranged. Some are seemingly good people who made a bad choice."
A lot of great insights into elite running on the college and pro level and the transition in between.
Magness reveals that Salazar trusted his coaching ability so much that he was given complete control of the team for 10 days just weeks before the 2012 Olympic Trials. He also says that he knew he'd be attacked by Salazar and have his career put in jeopardy if he came forward but but it's something he had to do so he can "walk away with a clean consicience." Magness: "I thank the others who have showed incredible courage and determination in taking a stance for clean sport. While it is incredibly intimidating and no doubt will result in your reputation being attacked, at least you can walk away with a clean conscience."