Olympian On The IOC's Rules Against Sponsors: "It's Very Un-American"

We all know—or should know—that Olympic athletes don't make a penny from that 17-day extravaganza of running, jumping, throwing, swimming, flipping, etc. That pisses two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds off. It should, especially when you consider that even though about $6 billion went through the International Olympic… » 3/05/15 1:10pm Yesterday 1:10pm

Work Hard, Blot: Lipstick And The Fifth-Fastest Indoor Mile Ever

Dammit people, put down the fatty and pay attention to women's middle distance track. U.S. women are killing it on a global scale. Take Shannon Rowbury, above: Already a two-time Olympian and lotta-time World Championship finalist, she broke from the gate this year and laid down a 4:22.66 mile at the Camel City… » 2/18/15 11:35am 2/18/15 11:35am

McFarland Cross Country: They Built It And Hollywood Came

Given how Hollywood likes to tart up the truth (see American Sniper, Frozen, et al.) you probably have a very good sense of what's going on with Disney's soon-to-be released McFarland USA. The Kevin Costner vehicle is based, as they say, on the true story of a boys' cross country team from McFarland High School in… » 2/16/15 5:53pm 2/16/15 5:53pm

"How's Your Dick?": The Rise And Fall Of An Alleycat Race

"Stupor Bowl is dead," Gene Oberpriller pronounced after the 18th annual alleycat bike race. The fact that you—hopelessly mainstream as you are—are reading this is proof. As any nightclub owner will confirm, underground cachet is a fragile beast. It's only minutes, or entries in this case, between the insiders who… » 2/07/15 9:30am 2/07/15 9:30am

Hey Boys And Girls: You, Too, Can Skate 40 MPH Downhill Over Jumps

Sadie Lundquist (not pictured) launched from the rose window of St. Paul's iconic cathedral, some 40 feet above ground, dropped in and started building speed. A tiny check at the top of a 10-foot cliff and she was over the edge, hitting the ice with a crunch, fighting for balance, blurring through every dimension… » 1/24/15 8:00am 1/24/15 8:00am

Three Ways To Improve Your 10K

First, go to winter training camp in Ethiopia and stay with that dope baller Geb! #Boomgettingitdone. That's Haile Gebrselassie there in the middle, notcher of 27 world records and a 26:22.75 10,000-meter guy. Of course, that was on the track, which is so so much faster than pounding out 6.2 miles on crummy cement,… » 1/20/15 10:28am 1/20/15 10:28am

Can The Chillest Runner In The U.S. Be The First To Make Five Olympics?

It's noon in Tucson, Ariz., and Abdi Abdirahman is making a spot of tea. The Black Cactus (having correctly ascertained that what distance running needs is more cowbell and monikers) is part way through an easy day. So, 12 miles, done. He's chill, he's happy, he's confident. What the hell's the matter with him? » 1/09/15 11:04am 1/09/15 11:04am

Why Did The NYPD Clip This Japanese Marathoner?

Above is a screen shot of prolific Japanese runner Yuki Kawauchi making a break from the lead pack in the 2014 NYC Marathon, at about 18K, just past 11 miles. This is about 1:21 into EuroSport's full coverage of the race. The video leaves to cover the women's leaders and returns at 1:22:35 to show what appears to be… » 1/09/15 10:40am 1/09/15 10:40am

2014 Sports Beard Of The Year: It's About Putting In The Work

Adding facial hair to the list of excellent things about track and field, mid-distance runner Will Leer has been awarded the 2014 Sports Beard of the Year. British blog BeardWatch bestowed the honors on the 29-year-old after a groundswell of support from track and manscaping fans pushed the speedster ahead of… » 12/19/14 9:15am 12/19/14 9:15am

Ex-Nike Runner Metes Out Public Relations Advice

Former Nike-sponsored runner Kara Goucher suggested in a tweet that Nike's We Run Dirty campaign for trail running gear was ill-advised, given the recent doping dramas involving, among others, top-tier Kenyan Rita Jeptoo and Russian Liliya Shobukhova. Both women are—or were, at the time they failed drug tests—in… » 12/08/14 9:31am 12/08/14 9:31am

Is Competitiveness Poor Sportsmanship?

Thanks to social media, sportsmanship has taken on proportions well beyond the usual no-cutting-the-course, no-tripping no-brainers. Recently, the brand of sportsmanship that's garnered attention—and been called "inspiring"—includes stopping mid-race to help a fallen competitor, at the cost of personal achievement.… » 12/05/14 7:00pm 12/05/14 7:00pm

Will These Running Shoes Make You Faster?

Look what just vaulted into the already crowded running shoe market—another crazy-looking shoe and its, so far, single-product brand. With a carbon-fiber flanged sole, the Ampla Fly is designed to give a little boost, maximizing the force of each push-off, say the creators, athletic shoe industry veterans David Bond… » 12/03/14 4:00pm 12/03/14 4:00pm

Can Hosting Sports Events Change Qatar's Culture?

Oil-rich Doha, Qatar, was awarded the 2019 Track and Field World Championships by the IAAF, winning out over Barcelona, Spain, and Eugene, Ore. The 10-day event draws the third-largest TV audience of any sports event, behind the summer Olympics and World Cup soccer. » 11/20/14 11:00am 11/20/14 11:00am