The night before the finals in the Olympic 10,000 in London, coach and running legend Alberto Salazar felt confident enough to tell Mark Parker from Nike that his two athletes, Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, were going to take home the Gold and the Silver medals….and they did. Alberto came on the show to talk about the amazing athletes he coaches and how he uses both out-of-the-box training techniques and what he learned during his career to get the very best results.
Leo Manzano came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was just four years old. During some of the first running races he wore hiking boots and long pants. Leo has definitely come a long way. This past summer he became the first American to medal at the Olympic 1500 since Jim Ryun back in 1968 when he took home the silver. Leo has an awesome personality that comes through even over the phone.
Sally Kipyego came to the U.S. from Kenya and ran collegiately at Texas Tech where she won nine NCAA titles in basically only two years of racing. Now running for the Oregon Track Club, she took home a silver medal at 10,000 meters in Korea at the World Championships in 2011 and another silver medal at 10,000 meters at the 2012 Olympics in London. Besides being a great runner, she also has a nursing degree and each month Sally sends money home to Kenya so that her nieces and nephews can get the best education possible.
At the half way point of the 2012 Olympic Marathon, Meb Keflezighi was dealing with a side stitch and blood blisters while sitting in about 20th place. In his third marathon in less than a year, Meb showed why he is a true champion. Rather than drop out, he dug deep and ran his way into fourth place.
Blake Leeper is 22 years old and has only been running for three years. But right now, the double below knee amputee 100, 200 and 400 meter specialist just might be the guy who can knock off the great Oscar Pistorius at the Paralympics in London.
22 year old Taylor Phinney, the son of cycling legends Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter Phinney, came on to chat about his training as he heads into London for his second Olympics, his strictly business approach to coming home with a medal, the allure of Paris Roubaix, and what he gained from not only winning the first stage of the 2012 Giro d’ Italia, but from completing that classic event.
Deena Kastor holds the American record for the marathon and half marathon and took home the bronze medal from the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens. Deena chatted about being a mom, taking sixth at the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials, her Bronze Medal run in the oppressive heat of Athens, and the challenges she faces as she attempts to make another Olympic team, this time at 10,000 meters. “Cutting my running mileage way back has been great,” she said in our interview, “but dealing with the ‘bootie locking burn’ that comes along with all of that track work has been a challenge.” Bootie Locking Burn? LOVE that!