Updated & Reposted on February 14, 2012, 8:15 PM
Dear & Gentle readers: I reposted this piece tonight, as none of my edits were saved and I had spelt Mikal’s last name wrong. Thanks to Peev’s considerable charm, and sense of humor, the interview is now, what it should have been last night, a good read. My sincere apologies, perhaps a flashback or senior momento.
adizero Rush (could this be staged?), courtesy of adidas communications
RBR,# 1: What can you tell us about adizero?,
Mikal Peveto: adizero started as answer to the unique needs within the Japanese market, where lower, lighter and faster is the norm. One size fits all over there. The answer out of Tokyo was adizero. The concept is to run in as little shoe as possible.
Mikal Peveto: Yes, adizero is a decades worth of experience, from building premium-racing shoes and track spikes.
RBR, # 3: So, where did the adizero Rush come from? This is multi category, correct?
Mikal Peveto: Two years ago, the company took our experiences from Japan, across all sports categories. Light is better and “light makes faster”. This is something that translates to every sport, from a first down in football, to the first to the ball is soccer, to the first to the finish in running. Being faster resonates with every athlete.
RBR, #4: So, why is adidas so excited about this product?
Mikal Peveto: This is the culmination, a broad based product covering the needs of any athlete. At adidas, we are focused on the high school-college athlete, in that 14-25 age group. We call them the Next Gen athlete. This has been the fastest growing segment in our business. The industry driven by lightweight, and it is resonating in basketball, where the market shifted to lightweight. adidas has a 9.8 oz basketball shoe, called adizero Crazy Light, that leads this trend. Our 7.5 ounce adizero Rush is made for going fast. This is a perfect shoe for the cross country runner, cornerback or safety where speed is everything.
RBR, # 5: adidas seems to be on a comeback, tell us about that.
Mikal Peveto: Yes, our business is up at unprecedented level over last two years. And, adizero is the tip of the spear. Even more than light, these are the technologies that help propel you forward. We have a 7.5 oz, “go fast” shoe, within a full sprint frame, and a full length thermoplastic plate. We understand that energy return, minimizing the loss of energy, in the forefoot, at toe off, any amount of energy that you don’t loose, you maintain.
RBR, #6: So, you see the adizero Rush as a trainer/racer?
Mikal Peveto: If you are the JV runner, sixth, seventh, man on the team, and you have not fully committed to the sport, then this is the perfect shoe: perfect for track, you are in spike zone with that range. We talk about sub 4 minute mile, like Lukas Verzbicas did at the adidas Grand Prix NYC or the sub 4 hour marathon. The name of the game is going faster, they would love to have 3:59.59 in that finish line picture.
RBR, #7: How was the golden mile and 100 meter received?
Mikal Peveto: Lukas Verzbicas broke four minutes in our race. The conditions were cold, windy and rainy. I think, knock on wood, if the weather is a good, that there is a chance that a sprinter like Bracy could run under ten seconds. Leonard Scott was big & strong and Bracy is a wide-receiver too.The 100 is a strength event and Bracy just broke the High School 55m record, off of football! The Dream Mile & Dream 100 have established us at the pinnacle of high school athlete.
The adizero Rush as trainer/racer, the guy who won NYC (Geoffrey Mutai), wore the Rush, actually the Feather, the global version of the Rush, so, it is validated.
RBR, #8: Why should the high school athlete consider adidas?
Mikal Peveto: We have the largest lightweight collection and the longest tenured lightweight collection. In 2011, we won the 100 meters (Yohan Blake) at the World Champs. We have the second fastest 200 meters (Yohan Blake, 19.26). adidas is valid: Derek Rose, to Justin Upton, to Eric Berry, to Tyson Gay and Yohan Blake. These are part of the adidas arsenal of athletes used to validate product.
Link to Shoe Addicts video on Geoffrey Mutai, victor of 2011 ING NYCM:
Shoe Addicts Present: Geoffrey Mutai
Special thanks to Caitlin Albaugh, adidas communications, and Mikal Peveto/adidas running.
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