They are two of the best athletes on the planet. One is a sprinter on the track with personal bests of 10.91 for 100 meters, 21.7 for 200 meters, and 49.3 for 400 meters. In London in 2012, he took a bronze at 200 meters and a silver at 400 meters. The other is a swimmer who specializes in the 200 Individual Medley and the breaststroke, and he has two Gold Medals for the 200 IM, one from Athens and one from Beijing, plus a silver from London. But Blake Leeper and Rudy Garcia-Tolson are much more than just great athletes. They are both missing both legs – Blake below the knee and Rudy above the knee – and they are changing perceptions about what someone with a disability can accomplish. Having them in studio together was really special.
Frank Shorter’s gold medal in the marathon back in 1972 is considered the catalyst for the first running boom. He was also one of the first world class runners to train on the bike, weight train, and race duathlons. Frank is a great interview!
Bernard Lagat came on to chat about his career, how he has adapted his training as he moved into his late 30’s, becoming an American citizen, his four Olympic experiences, his plans to make his fifth Olympic team, and his upcoming attempt to break the American record at the Carlsbad 5000.
Marc Davis is the San Diego native who ran 13:24 in 1996 at the Carlsbad 5000 to set the American record. Davis came on to chat about his running career and why the Carlsbad 5000 is such a classic event.
Runner Marko Cheseto from Kenya was in college in Alaska when he ended up losing both legs below the knee. Believe it or not, Marko is back running, and this weekend, while training with legendary coach Joaquim Cruz, Marko ran a 23.9 for 200 meters at the end of the workout. His story is amazing.
He ran in the 1950’s, started coaching in the 1960’s, and over the last half a century, Coach Bob Larsen has been one of the best coaches ever. Coach Larsen is most connected to the Jamul Toads, UCLA, and the great Meb Keflezighi.
On April 15th, after the Red Sox game had finished late that morning, Heather Abbott and some of her friends were walking into the Forum Bar near the Boston Marathon finish line when the second of two explosions blew her into the restaurant, and her life changed forever. She ended up having her left leg amputated below the knee. Ten months after losing her leg, Heather came on the show to talk about how she is doing and where she is today.