Story lines converge on what should be epic USATF Outdoor Championships … – OregonLive.com
EUGENE — There is a lot of going on all at once as the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships swing into action today at Hayward Field.
Not only is there a national championship meet starting, but Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar swung back yesterday.
Salazar issued a meticulous, documented, 28-page rebuttal to charges made in ProPublica stories and a BBC documentary that accused him of doping, aggressively seeking to exploit loopholes in therapeutic use exemptions and of counseling athletes to use prescription medications as performance aids.
Salazar didn’t answer everything, but he hit hard at what I felt were the really damaging allegations.
Here is the story I wrote with help from Oregonian/OregonLive investigative reporter Nick Budnick.
We attempted to reach three of the principle accusers in the original report, Kara Goucher, Steve Magness and John Stiner, in the course of our reporting. Only Magness responded. He promised to issue a statement. If he did, I didn’t see it. Maybe today.
The two story lines come together tonight when Oregon Project star Galen Rupp — accused in some of the allegations — runs in the USATF 10,000 meters.
Rupp has not addressed the accusations since issuing a short statement three weeks ago in which he denied them.
He is the heavy favorite to win the race, and I’m sure he will get asked about the allegations in the mixed zone afterward.
I’ll be surprised if he says much. I suspect he will refer questioners to Salazar’s statement.
I talked with Rupp’s parent, Greg and Jamie Rupp, yesterday for a story about their reaction to the allegations.
They responded in a measured but angry way. They are proud of the son, and of his ability to focus and concentrate in big moments. They don’t expect the allegations will impact his ability to perform well tonight.
David Epstein, the investigative reporter who has written the ProPublica stories containing the allegations, aggressively defended his reporting and disputed some of what Salazar wrote in response.
The BBC, while standing by its reporting, took a more neutral tone in its story about Salazar’s response.
Toni Reavis raises some questions about the assumptions underpinning a number of the allegations in his latest blog post.
Back to the meet, the forecasts say it will be a hot four days at Hayward Field, but I don’t expect the heat to have a major impact on the athletes.
This is Oregon, and what is excessively hot for us is normal summer weather for much of the country.
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Salazar fires back at this accusers and defends Rupp. From the R-G.
Here is how the British publication Athletics Weekly summarized Salazar’s response.
This reaction is from The Independent, a British newspaper.
Oliver Brown of the Daily Telegraph: Despite Salazar’s lengthy report, the haters will still hate.
Here is Runner’s World’s story about Salazar’s open letter.
The Daily Telegraph has these seven takeaways from Salazar’s letter.
U.S. steeplechase record-holder Evan Jager is formidable at any distance.
LetsRun.com previews the men’s and women’s steeplechase.
What to expect in the men’s steeplechase? Flotrack breaks it down.
With fresh legs, Shalane Flanagan is ready to contend in the 10,000.
NCAA steeplechase champ Amy Quigley joins the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club.
Quigley gave up a career as a fashion model to be an athlete.
Ten local men to watch at the USATF Championships.
Rupp goes for his seventh consecutive USATF 10k title.
Some quick facts about the USTAF Championships.
Jesse Squire has this guide of what to watch on Day 1 of the USATF Championships for the Daily Relay.
Former UO sprinter English Gardner is one of the contenders in the women’s 100.
Two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds is ready for another challenge.
Symmonds likes the team atmosphere on the Brooks Beasts.
Rivals Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury will battle in the women’s 1,500.
Which runners in the men’s 1,500 will step up to challenge Leo Manzano and Matthew Centrowitz?
Is Alexa Efraimson ready for the big time? It’s one of the questions Paul Merca hopes to see answered at the USATF Championships.
Ashton Eaton cuts his workload.
Former Oregon distance runner Parker Stinson is a student of the sport.
Eugene steeplechaser Kimber Mattox has taken a different route to reach the USATF Championships.
Alexi Pappas writes about how running can be a team sport.
A number of current and former Ducks will compete at the USATF Championships.
Two Oregon State athletes will compete in the women’s junior steeplechase, and OSU assistant Geena Gall-Lara is entered in the 800.
The women’s 800 could be the most competitive event in the meet.
Shot star Raven Saunders will do her part for the grieving city of Charleston. She was baptized in the church where last week’s mass shooting took place.
Shot putter Joe Kovacs comes back from family tragedy.
Decathlete Trey Hardee is healthy and ready to go.
Medical school will wait for mid-distance runner Erik Sowinski.
Steeplechase star Emma Coburn talks to reporters in this USATF.TV video.
Here is some of what Justin Gatlin had to say in the pre-meet presser. Video by USATF.TV.
Once again, LetsRun’s Weldon Johnson — with some support from the OC Register’s Scott Reid — get into it with Gatlin about drugs.
Gatlin disputes ‘drug cheat’ label.
Sprinter Trayvon Bromell has some unfinished business this week in Eugene.
Tyson Gay and Carmelita Jeter look to regain their form at the USATF Championships.
Jasmin Stowers talks about what promises to be the very competitive 100 hurdles in this Flotrack video.
Triple-jumper Christian Taylor has a new sponsor, and explains in this Flotrack video.
Two-time Olympic medalist Will Claye embarks on a musical career.
Ben True hopes to make his first U.S. team.
Three years after heel surgery, mid-distance runner Erin Donahue looks to regain her footing.
Organizers plan a six-city, summer track circuit for the U.S. in 2016.
The front page from LetsRun.com.
The links package from Track & Field News.
Runner’s World’s daily wrap of racing news.
The USTFCCCA Daily roundup.
The links from Duck Sports Now.
The links from Beaver Sports Now.
— Ken Goe
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