February 7, 2014
The four featured men and the pre-race press conference for tomorrow’s New Balance Indoor Grand Prix were Olympic silver medallists Galen Rupp (2012 10,000), Nick Willis (2008 1500), and Leo Manzano (2012 1500) and 2008 US flag-bearer Lopez Lomong.
Once the main men’s press conference video is uploaded, you will be able to watch it on LetsRun.com. But that but that will take some time and we first wanted to share with you the news we got today from a one on one-interview with Manzano after the main press conference was over. We’ve uploaded our one on one interview with with Leo Manzano and it appears at the bottom of this article. We now share with you a few of the Manzano highlights from the general press conference and our one on one with him today.
In our one on one interview with Manzano, Manzano revealed that he’s no longer being coached by Ryan Ponsoby, who recently got married. Manzano is now self-coached. In the past, both under John Cook and Ponsoby, Manzano never focused much on indoors as a pro. He said he’s trying to make it more of a focus this year and hopes to represent the USA at World Indoors in Sopot next month.
As for his current fitness, while tomorrow’s mile is his first race of the 2014 season, Manzano revealed in the main press conference that he recently ran a 2:20.9 1k time trial in practice. “I think I’m in a pretty good place in my training,” said Manzano.
Off camera, Manzano revealed that he’s also no longer working with the Austin Track Club. As for his sponsorship situation, Manzano said he’s still working on it but sounded cautiously optimistic.
Our one on one interview with Manzano appears below.