former houstonian wrote:
It’s pretty obvious she wants to return to Oregon where she went to University. Was recruited to join the Nike sponsored team Julian coaches (she’s a Nike sponsored athlete). Wants to possibly secure employment with Nike once she retires. Doesn’t want to train with her main rivals for Olympic gold. Julian’s group will eventually become an official, named group with continued Nike sponsorship. Wants access to Nike’s world class facility and support staff. Was offered a financially lucrative offer by Nike to join Julian’s group. Wants to train with a coach who coached the current men’s world 800m champion. Wants to reconnect with the Oregon crowd before Worlds there. She’s well known in Oregon for her superb performances at NCAA’s, especially the 4 x 400m championship winning anchor leg she ran in front of the Oregon home crowd.
Plenty of good reasons to make the switch!
Completely agree, and Pete is a Very good 800m coach.
Plus Alberto will be back in a few weeks.