Friday, October 14, 2011

Amy Yoder Begley leaves Nike Oregon Project...

In a post on her web site dated October 13th, Nike Oregon Project runner Amy Yoder Begley (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Beaverton announced that she is leaving the Alberto Salazar coached group, based on the Nike campus.

Yoder Begley recently had surgery on her left Achilles tendon, which was troubling the 2008 US Olympian for most of the 2011 season, after having Achilles surgery on her right tendon in August 2010.

The University of Arkansas grad wrote, "I had given the doctors and therapists a deadline of October 15th before we made a decision on surgery to fix it.  I knew if I waited past October 15th, I wouldn’t have time to rehab and get in enough training to race this spring and get a qualifying time.  I don’t want to go into the Olympic Trials without a time.  I did that once and even though the result was amazing, I would rather have the qualifying time this year."

She stated that she will be coached by her husband, Andrew, until the Olympic Trials, then decide where to go from there.

This marks the second significant departure of an athlete from the Nike Oregon Project, as Salazar confirmed to Ken Goe of the Oregonian last week that Kara Goucher had left the squad.

You can read her full post here.

Meanwhile, courtesy of media partner Flotrack, here's a video interview with Washington head cross country/track coach Greg Metcalf on Friday's Wisconsin adidas Invitational meet, which is being touted as the biggest regular season cross country meet of the 2011 season.

The races get underway at 1 pm, central time (11 am, pacific) with the women's 6k, followed 40 minutes later by the men's 8k.

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