BizBuzz: Track & Field News Goes Full-Digital, Tuliamuk Joins NAZ Elite, & Kovacs Does Winter Right

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The End of an Era…and Dawn of a New One

 ​Is it weird to have deep nostalgic feelings for a magazine? Probably yes. My Track & Field News memories start with my Mom being a Super-Mom. I recall breathlessly devouring stories about Pre, Frank Shorter, Steve Scott, Mary Decker, Michael Johnson, Joan Benoit, etc. The track stuff is awesome but I think T&FN’s reporting and photos of the cross country season has always been favorite. In recent years I’ve especially enjoying stories and stats about athletes we are working with on AthleteBiz and how cool was it when T&FN did a feature story on us?!? Digital or paper I happily plan on continuing my now 45 year subscription. Read Track & Field News’s announcement about their decision to go full-digital after 70 years of print

News & Notes

 North Korea and South Korea have agreed to march their athletes together under one flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang. “The women’s ice-hockey squad will be the first combined Korean team for the Olympics, and the first unified team since their athletes played together for an international table-tennis championship and a youth soccer tournament in 1991.” Read the full article, North and South Korean Teams to March as One at Olympics on New York TImes

 Nick Symmonds will announce his spring marathon on Instagram Live this Friday at 10am. For hints on where he’ll be running in his attempt to break 3 hours across 26.2 miles, “1.) it’s flat, 2.) it’s fast, 3.) it is a fitting place for what will likely be my last race ever.” Head over to his Instagram post about the announcement and give your guesses.

Related: New Year, New Goal. Building The Path Toward My Goals, by Nick on the Run Gum blog

 Aliphine Tuliamuk joins  HOKA NAZ Elite. Tuliamuk brings some impressive stats to the group led by Ben Rosario. She holds national road titles in distances ranging from 5K to 25K, with personal bests of 15:18.86 for 5K, 31:54.20 for 10K, and 1:09:49 for the half marathon. Click here to read the full press release, Aliphine Tuliamuk joins HOKA NAZ Elite on the HOKA NAZ Elite site

Related: Did you know that Aliphine is one of 32 siblings?! 😲 Read her full Q&A here

 Jamie Cheever penned an open letter citing sexual misconduct at the University of Minnesota. “Most Division I student-athletes do not perpetrate sexual violence, and none are inevitably predators. They, like everyone else, learn from their culture, mentors and peers.” Read her full letter, I have had enough of athletes violating sexual misconduct code at the University of Minnesota on Minnesota Daily

In “Oh Really…” News

 The Russian track and field federation says it has launched an investigation after dozens of athletes reportedly withdrew from a competition following the arrival of drug testers. “According to Russian news outlet Championat, as many as 36 athletes withdrew from the Siberian indoor championship meet in Irkutsk last week, many citing illnesses.” Read the full article, Probe as Russian athletes withdraw ahead of doping tests on Reading Eagle, via the Associated Press

ICYMI

 Joe Kovacs gives a peak into his winter training…on a beach…in Aruba

 Stephanie Bruce celebrated her 34th birthday with a W at the Synchrony Financial Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Half

 Michelle Carter hosts her first annual Dream Planning Event on Saturday, January 20. “When you leave, you will have a clear game plan on how to Make Your Dreams Reality.”

Who Did It Better?

In a recent interview with Spikes, Shaunae Miller-Uibo, 2016 400m Olympic Champion, discussed the harrowing photo of her leap across the finish line to capture gold, stating, “This is the moment when I fell across the line to win the 2016 Olympic 400m title. Even today when I see this image and talk about my success in Rio, it stirs up so many emotions in me.” 110m hurdler  Jeff Porter had an incredible leap of his own at the 2012 USA Olympic Trials, earning him a spot on his first Olympic team. Who gets your vote for favorite game-changing leapTweet us @athletebizusa

Reasons to Celebrate

 Barbara Nwaba‘s birthday is Thursday, January 18. Wish her the best @TrackBarbie7

 Heather Kampf‘s birthday is Friday, January 19. Wish her a royally great day @HeatherRaeKampf

 Joseph Gray‘s birthday is Saturday, January 20. Wish him smooth trails @joegeezi

 Johnny Dutch‘s birthday is also Saturday, January 20. Give him a virtual high-five @DutchFilmmaker


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