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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Your Morning Link Dump

Shocker: Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan has fired John Cook, her coach of the last few years.  Cook, Flangan, Rowbury and others were featured in Running Times last summer.  The parting did not appear friendly.  Discuss.
Andrey Tereshin won the Pedro's Cup high jump competition yesterady in Lodz, Poland.
The USATF Foundation awarded grants to twelve pros.  How far will $5000 take an athlete these days?


Scott Bush said...

$5,000 should mean a lot to these athletes, especially in this economy. $5k could mean rent is paid for five months, or they could pay their living expenses for a few months. Kudos to the USATF Foundation for stepping up their game this year.

Also, Flanagan and Erin Donahue have dropped Cook. Flanagan is obviously a bigger name than Donahue, but Donahue was an Olympian last year and took tremendous steps under Cook as well.

The Track & Field Superfan said...

Tony Reavis has a thing about referring to elite athletes as "professionals", and when sports fans think of pros they think of people who light cigars with $100 bills.

For the athletes who get these kinds of grants, maybe we should call them "small business owners". For anyone who runs a struggling small business, $5000 is like an answer to their prayers. My sister-in-law is forever wondering how she's going to make it to next week.