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Original post, December 9, 2018

Repost January 1, 2019

Stuart Weir did 3 interviews in December: Tori Bowie, Caster Semenya, Allyson Felix. This was his finest of the month.

Stuart Weir is everywhere. Stuart keeps me laughing and our readers interested with his interviews and questions to our sport's favorite athletes. He came to me last fall and offered a series of interviews on key athletes. This interview with Allyson Felix, is, well, extensive.

Allyson has been around the sport since the year 2000. She has been on the covers of California Track & running News, American Track & Field, Coaching Athletics and Athletes Only. Allyson is always good in an interview. I tend to catch up with her and her manager/brother Wesley, on the bus to the Doha DL most years.

In 2018, Stuart was our eyes and ears for most of the year. This is a fun interview. Enjoy!

Felix_Allyson200Q-USAout17.jpgAllyson Felix, 2017, photo by Photorun.net

In Atlanta, Georgia, on February 29, 2020, the team for U.S. men and women will be determined for the marathon distance. The top 3 men and women in the US Olympic Marathon Team Trials will be named to the US Olympic team for Tokyo 2020.

Mind my words here, there will be surprises in the top three on both men and women. The Trials in 2020 will be both the beginning and ends of careers for many U.S. athletes. The marathon is a brutal game, focus, training, luck and focus (didn't I say that already?) will be key.

Tokyo 2020, just so you know, will be hot as hell. It could make the conditions in Dubai (World Champs) look like the easy day. Winners in Tokyo will also be surprises, so get ready to watch. Hot, humid no matter if it is 6 am or 9 pm.

In Chicago last fall, Sarah Crouch finished as first American in 2:32:37, a six second PB from a PB that was six years ago. I inteviewed Sarah post event, and, as always, enjoy her enthusiasm. But what struck me about Sarah was that she was recovering from a recent surgery that would have stopped mere mortals from competing.

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Sarah Crouch, 2018 Houston Marathon, photo by Photorun.net

Sarah Crouch hit the half in 1:15:10, with the lead pack, and kept the battle on, much of the time on her lonesome. Crouch is just the kind of athlete who could surprise us in Atlanta in 2020. Her drive, and the lack of pressure, will give her some assistance as she pursues one of the toughest teams to make on the U.S. Olympic team.

The runs come, one at a time, the building fatigue comes, and the tough sessions, done in the company of a few quail or rabbits, can not be shown in the up close and personal video intros on terrestrial television. Those loops, continuous, with sound and smells, play in the athletes' head, as they put the next 6 to 8 thousand miles on their bodies, in search for that complete race.

We look forward to seeing where Sarah Crouch shows us that she can go in the next 14 months. We hope you enjoy the inteview below with Sarah Crouch.

RyunBodo.jpgJim Ryun, Bodo Tummler, photo by Getty Images/IAAF

This is part 2 of the final day, day 8 of the track & field events in the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Mike Fanelli has crafted each and every story, illustrating each piece with photos or artifacts from the well known Track Garage of Mr. Fanelli. Enjoy this final column.

This is day 8 of the Mexico 1968 Olympic T&F events. This labor of love was written by Mike Fanelli. Like any good historian, Mr. Fanelli has a strong grasp of the facts. But, like the fine historical writers, Mike Fanelli has an affection for the subject and his ability to give us, the readers, insights into the athletic condition.

This is part one of the final day of the 1968 Mexico athletic events.

dickfosbury-600x400.jpgThe man who reinvented the HJ, Dick Fosbury, photo by UPI.

MadelineManningGold.jpgMadeline Manning, photo by James Drake/Getty Images/IAAF

This is Mike Fanelli's column on Day 7, of the 1968 Mexico Olympics athletics schedule. The women's 800 meters and Decathlon were two of the iconic events from Day 7.

leeevans.jpgLee Evans, photo by Jerry Cooke/Corbis and Getty Images/IAAF

October 18, 1968 was an amazing day in Olympic Track & Field. Mike Fanelli writes about it below. The day has several important meanings for me, as the editor of RunBlogrun. On a small black and white TV, in Bridgeton, Missouri, I recall watching a recap of Bob Beamon's long jump, as my father, brother Brian and I had hotdogs (saurkraut, mustard, relish), and watched some sports. To this day, the photo of Bob Beamon reacting to his massive jump brings tears to my eyes. I was ten years old, and it was my first reaction to athletics.

I would not meet Lee Evans until 1990, when, thanks to one of my spiritual advisors, Peanut Harms, I was introduced to Lee Evans at a Coaching Clinic. It was also where I met the late Doug Speck. I idolized Lee Evans, and he lived up to the expectations. Lee Evans also coached with Peanut Harms in Nigeria in the 1970s.

Bud Winter, the dean of long sprint coaches, was with my high school coach, Fr. Ray Devlin, S.J., at his retirement in the fall of 1974. Bud Winter took the relaxation techniques that he taught to American fighter pilots (P-51s and P-47s) on their long trips, and used it with his sprinters at San Jose State.

Enjoy Mike's masterful retelling of Day six of the 1968 Mexico Olympics.

IMG_9115.JPGWillie Davenort, 1968 Mexico Olympic 110m hurdle finals, photo by Ed Lacey/Getty Images/ IAAF

This is day five of Mike Fanelli's salute to the 1968 Mexico Olympics. Mike has taken us back, fifty years ago, to day, Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Mike writes about the 110m hurdles, 5000 meters, Triple Jump and the 50,000m race walk.

The editor of RunBlogRun was able to meet, just a few years ago, two time Olympic bronze medalist Larry Young at the 50k RW. In my collection of photos, quite modest when compared to Mike Fanelli's Track Garage. A photo from the 1976 Olympics of Willie Davenport (bronze medalist) with France's Guy Drut, 110m hurdle 1976 gold, sharing a cigarette break post event.

Kochanova_MariyaQ-YthOly18.jpgMarirya Kochanova, photo by PhotoRun.net
Nine countries won nine gold medals
BUENOS ARIES (ARG, Oct 14): Nine different countries took the nine gold medals awarded on day four of the Youth Olympic Games, following the conclusion of the second stage of competition. Keely Small of Australia dominated the women's 800m to secure gold. After winning the first stage in 2:05.68 she races to gold with a 2:04.76. More Oceania joy as Connor Bell of New Zealand trounces the opposition in the men's discus adding a 66.24m effort in stage two for a combined 133.08m. Top quality high jump sees both Chen Long of China and Australia's Oscar Miers set a championship record of 2.22m. Long, 15, takes the combined win and Miers moves from seventh after stage one for silver and improves his personal best by 8cm in one competition. A great 46.36 run by Kennedy Luchembe in the stage two of the men's 400m elevates the Zambian from fourth to silver but Mexican Luis Antonio Aviles Ferreiro of Mexico - quickest in stage one - clings on to gold by a combined 0.11. World youth champ Barbora Malikova of the Czech Republic secures an expected gold in the women's 400m adding a second stage win in 54.68 to her first stage victory in 54.18. Incredibly tight women's long jump as just 1cm after the two stages separates the medallists. Belgian Maite Beernaert leaps from fourth after stage one to gold with a wind--assisted 6.31m. Hungary's Klaudia Endresz grabs silver on countback - combined 12.31m - from Austria's Ingeborg Grunewald. Grace Stark dominates the women's 100m hurdles to take gold. After winning stage one she also finishes top in stage two, recording 12.83 (+2.8m) for a combined 26.14. In the women's discus, pre-event favourite Melany Morejon of Cuba proves too strong for Russia's Violetta Ignatyeva of Russia - as a 54.95m best compared to a 54.32m in stage two earns gold. German Leni Freyja Wildgrube was a convincing winner in the women's pole vault with a stage two best of 4.17m earning a 30cm victory combined from Emma Brentel of France.

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This is the fourth day of athletics, fifty years ago to the very day, compiled by Mike Fanelli. Mike loves the 1968 Olympics and writes about the Mexico Games with the love of a romance writer and the authenticity of a fine historian. Enjoy day 4, and remember, check out Mike Fanelli on his Facebook page daily!

steeple.jpgThe steeple, Mexico 1968, photo by Ed Lacey

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U.S. Olympic Committee statement on resignation of USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The following statement regarding the resignation of USA Gymnastics interim CEO Mary Bono is attributable to USOC CEO Sarah Hirshland:

"We learned today that the interim CEO of USA Gymnastics, Mary Bono, resigned from her position. While the situation is unfortunate, we know that USA Gymnastics remains dedicated to the process of finding a new and permanent CEO. The USOC is committed to working hard with the USAG board to find the right leader who can build gymnastics up to the world-class organization we know that it can and should be. Both the USOC staff and myself will continue to work closely with USAG in both the short and long term as they search for a new leader. The well-being of Team USA athletes is our top priority as we manage this process."

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