Saturday, June 30, 2012

Brooks causes a minor uproar at Olympic Trials...

EUGENE--With no Washington athletes in action Saturday at the US Olympic Track & Field Trials, took a little bit of a breather from the hot and heavy action on the track, but a Washington company made a bit of a buzz.

Bothell based Brooks Sports, which sponsors two Olympians--marathoner Desi Davila and 10000 meter runner Amy Hastings--may have drawn the ire of the US Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and oh by the way, USOC/USATF sponsor Nike--by renting a small plane to fly over Hayward Field dragging their Run Happy banner (photo by Mike Scott).

In the fine print on the back of every credential issued for this meet, one of the paragraphs says, "Any secondary, non-editorial or commercial use of any descriptions, accounts, photographs, films, audio or video recordings, or drawings or of relating to the Event made by the accredited individual to whom this credential has been issued (including, but not limited to use in advertising, sales, promotion, or merchandising) is prohibited without written approval by the US Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and Eugene 12."

According to a tweet posted by David Monti of Race Results Weekly, "@brooksrunning getting their ‪#TrackTown12‬ credentials pulled for flying "Run Happy" banner over Hayward Field via small plane."

An hour earlier, he tweeted, "Big cahones award to @BrooksRunning for flying a banner over‪#TrackTown12‬ with their "Run Happy" tagline." has contacted but not heard from Brooks personnel to comment regarding this matter.

On the other side of the Atlantic in Helsinki, the European Championships are going on, and on Friday, former Husky Märt Israel finished 17th in the qualifying round of the men's discus, throwing 198-9 (60.59m), and didn't advance to Saturday's finals.

Another former Husky, Ingvill Måkestad Bovin of Norway finished fifth and advanced to the finals of the women's 1500, running 4:11.97 and advanced to Sunday's finals.

Complete results from the European Championships are available here.

In Sunday's final day of competition at the US Olympic Trials, Kara Patterson (javelin), Katie Mackey (w 1500), Jordan McNamara (m 1500), and Andrea Geubelle (long jump) are in action, with Patterson the only one of the four to hold the Olympic "A" standard to move on to London.

NBC Sports will telecast a one hour show; please check your viewers guide for the time in your part of the country.

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