I am a fan of Kara Goucher and support her and Adam for opening up about questionable practices.
The Denver Post article, was either too selective in quotes that it shared, or shows that Kara's sending out some mixed messages.
On the one hand, she claims that Alberto gave her "cytomel", a non-banned substance that might help her lose weight post pregnancy. She denies taking it. She also denies ever taking any banned performance enhancing drugs.
On the other hand, she also acknowledges that she ran her best while being coached by Alberto Salazar. He got the most out of her.
Love AlSal's methods or hate them, the guy is finding every legal way that he possibly can to make his athletes better.
Now did AlSal cross the line with any athletes and violate any of the doping rules with his athletes? Thus far, nothing has been proven. Yes, there is a doctor in Houston willing to give out thyroid medication, seemingly to any of the NOP runners. But the medication is not on the banned list. And yes, AlSal has experimented, perhaps with his own kid, to gain a boost. So I mean - it's definitely fishy.
But I just look at all of these articles and think - this is it? We have a coach who is H Bent on getting the most out of his athletes. It hasn't been proven that he has crossed the line - and who knows - he may very well be doing that. But, without more, all of the attacks on him to date seem overblown.
The other thing that was puzzling from the Denver Post article was Kara's
quote about how had she finished with the silver and 2 seconds behind T. Dibaba, she would have changed her career trajectory. That seems a little too much like a guess and not enough of a guaranteed fact. I completely agree that she was screwed out of $100,000 .... that definitely stinks. But to say she'd be a world champion now or something because her whole training would have been different - is a stretch to me.
Okay, rambling post over.