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In the latest doping controversy to grip our sport (as if we haven’t had enough already), coach Dennis Mitchell and agent Robert Wagner have been implicated in an undercover investigation by The Telegraph. Athletes associated with Mitchell and Wagner have been distancing themselves since the news broke, most notably Justin Gatlin, who posted the following to his Facebook:
I am not using and have not used PED’s. I was shocked and surprised to learn that my coach would have anything to do with even the appearance of these current accusations. I fired him as soon as I found out about this. All legal options are on the table as I will not allow others to lie about me like this. I have no further comments as it is now a legal matter. They will next hear from my lawyer.
From an article on FloTrack, “The journalists secretly recorded conversations with Mitchell and sports agent Robert Wagner, both of whom reportedly recommended using performance-enhancing drugs to train the fictional actor, offered to obtain said drugs for the actor, described a widespread culture of PED use in track and field, and detailed how to avoid detection.” Read their coverage, Justin Gatlin Fires Coach Dennis Mitchell Amidst Doping Controversy
Nick Symmonds is the newest member of the ‘barely over 3 hour marathon’ club following his debut at the Honolulu Marathon. More importantly for those of us who strive to be even remotely close to that club, he gives us a look into what mattered going through the distance in his post, 5 Things I Learned Running My First Marathon on Run Gum. We cannot wait to see his next go at 26.2, which he states, “I know I can break three and pretty soon I will choose a spring marathon to have another crack at it.”
Related: 5 Things I Learned Preparing for My First Marathon by Nick on Run Gum
If your iPhone 6 is having a hard time keeping up with you on workouts lately, you are not going crazy, but perhaps your device is. Apple recently confirmed that they have released updates to older phones which slow them down (known as ‘throttling’) at peak performance, ensuring it will not shut down unexpectedly due to the added load on the aged battery. A software professional and long-time Apple user broke it down for us, stating, “It is something added in an earlier iOS to prevent power spikes causing the phone to crash. Batteries in general suck, so this not a huge forced upgrade conspiracy as some would have you believe. That being said, Apple definitely should have communicated this earlier when and why they did this.”
Kristi Castlin is ready for Christmas … and Indoors
Kendra Chambers shares about her new coach, teammates, and surroundings. “Change. It’s an interesting concept and if you have anything in your life that you’re unsure of: you already know the answer. Long before the choices sit before us we know what our hearts truly desire. Risk it all, every damn time.” Read her full post, The Flyway – Change Can Be a Way of Life on the Oiselle Blog
Devon Yanko ‘unleashed’ is a beautiful thing
Final post-op appointment done! My surgeon said all restrictions on mileage and intensity are gone. I am unleashed! (But still have to stay away from rocks) pic.twitter.com/7wyJdIKWu1— Devon Yanko (@fast_foodie) December 18, 2017
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Adam Nelson going Super Saiyan
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Kudos to Colby Alexander for being the one to take this stance
People are always giving away kudos to him, kudos to her, kudos to them.. I don't like this word and how frequently its used especially during sporting events #StopKudos— Colby Alexander (@okaycolby) December 19, 2017