Sisterhood, joy and the love of running were threads throughout this weekend’s Olympic Trials and the build-up to it, from the Power of the Pack in Jacksonville to Amy catching the collapsing Shalane at the finish line. As we’ve seen time and time again, often we perform at our best when we lift each other up. How many times did you see Shalane or Amy smile as they worked together through the streets of L.A. Would Shalane have been able to hang on to her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team without the support of Amy cheering her on?
That’s all great, but life isn’t always so easy. Sometimes, even with our best efforts to be positive we don’t like the way things turned out. Sometimes that’s because of injustice, but other times it might just be sour grapes in the heat of a moment of severe disappointment. This brings us to Kara Goucher and the postrace interview with LetsRun where she criticizes her former coach, Alberto Salazar who currently coaches the winner of the men’s race, Galen Rupp (you can watch the video after the jump). While Kara Goucher had a great race, definitely proving she’s not washed up at the “elderly” age of 37 as the NBC commentators seemed to suggest, now the story of her Trials threatens to be defined by this interview. On one hand, after coming in fourth and narrowly missing a place on the team, her comments could be construed as bitterness. On the other, if she really feels there’s been an injustice shouldn’t she be commended for bravely speaking about it?
So we had to ask you: what do you think about Kara Goucher’s statements? Do you think she rightfully speaks of injustice or is it sour grapes?
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