Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The U.S. Olympic Trials

If you follow track and field at all, you know that the United States is in the midst of the Olympic Track and Field Trials. Top three finishers in their events will be punching their tickets to Rio to compete in this summer's Olympic Games.

Events are underway, and some drama has already unfolded in the women's 800m race. Read the story and watch videos of the race over at

Martinez stumbles as Montano hits the ground
Photo from LetsRun article
I follow the middle distance and distance races--the 800m, 1500m, 5k, and 10k. After Brenda Martinez got tripped up in the 800m, I can't help but route for her in the 1500m, though I'll mainly be cheering for Minnesota's own, Heather Kampf.

One story line that seems to have disappeared is the Alberto Salazar doping scandal. Salazar was accused of providing his athletes with performance enhancing drugs and skirting doping rules by some big names in running. Kara Goucher, Steve Magness (another Nike Oregon Project coach), and others all have come out against Salazar (read about it here, and here, and here).

You can read my take from last year, but it seems the story has mostly gone away. However, Sports Illustrated recently ran a story mentioning the scandal (read here). I tend to think Salazar will be found to be guilty of some sort of wrongdoing, but who knows.

In the meantime, I'll be following the results of the trials and trying to watch some of the races live. Check out the schedule over at NBC Sports.

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