Best of 2017: FloTrack's Best Interviews

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The best part of working at FloTrack is the opportunity to interview the top track and field athletes in the world. Here are some of our favorite on-camera moments from the past year.

Blake Leeper Breaks Oscar Pistorius' World Record

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Blake Leeper, who was born without lower legs due to a congenital birth defect, broke Oscar Pistorius' world T43 record in the 400m with a time of 45.25 at the USATF Outdoor Nationals semi-finals. At 4:27 into the interview, he talks about Hunter Woodhall, the first Paralympic athlete to earn an NCAA DI track and field scholarship; and at 5:06, he talks about his year-long suspension for using cocaine.

NAU Head Coach Mike Smith After Lumberjacks Defend NCAA XC Title

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This interview is too good for footnotes. From the explanation of "gas" to throwing shade at teams writing blogs, Mike Smith is always worth watching all the way through.

Lindon Victor Interviews Fred Kerley At The Bowerman Awards

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It turns out that the only man who can get the infamously reticent Fred Kerley to talk is his own college teammate, Texas A&M alum Lindon Victor. We handed the "mic" over to Victor at the Bowerman Awards, where both men were finalists, though Tennessee's Christian Coleman ultimately took home the top award.

Jordan Hasay Takes Third At Boston Marathon In 2:23:00, Fastest American Debut

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The Nike Oregon Project's Jordan Hasay shattered the American record for debut marathon with a blazing 2:23:00 for third place at the Boston Marathon. The run was all the more significant due to the tragic, unexpected passing of her mother just months prior. Hasay shares that she wasn't scared of the distance because "there's nothing the marathon can do to me that I haven't been through emotionally" (2:25) and that she and NOP coach Alberto Salazar "had some hard conversations this year after I didn't do so well on the track and [that] maybe the Oregon Project wasn't right for me and I would need to move on" (5:24). Luckily, Hasay has proven a natural fit for the 26.2 mile distance and followed her Boston run with another third place finish at the Chicago Marathon in 2:20:57, the second-fastest time in American history.

Jerry Schumacher Reacts To Shalane Flanagan's New York City Marathon Victory

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We scored the first on-camera Jerry Schumacher interview in the history of FloTrack after his Bowerman Track Club athlete, Shalane Flanagan, became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977. A month later, Flanagan would announce her intent to race the 2018 Boston Marathon but at the time of this interview, she was contemplating retirement. Watch Shalane's reaction to her historic win in the full video recording of the NYRR post-race press conference here, and watch Shalane and Jerry greet each other after the performance here.

Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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Valarie Allman Breaks Discus American Record

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On Saturday, Valarie Allman improved her personal best by three meters in the discus, breaking the American record in the process. Allman’s first round toss of 70.15m in Rathdrum, Idaho bettered Gia Lewis-Smallwood’s 69.17m throw from 2014. 

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Big Friendly 3 Recap: Donavan Brazier Cracks 1:43 Opener

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The third edition of the Big Friendly, dubbed “The Big Friendly 3: Revenge of the Friendly,” went down on Friday night in Portland, Oregon, although the word revenge was not quite fitting as the stars from previous friendlies once again shined.

Flagstaff Community Rallies To Support Tommy River Puzey

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Two months ago a local Flagstaff runner, Tommy River Puzey was admitted to the ICU with respiratory issues. After several weeks of testing and a lung biopsy, doctors discovered the presence of a very rare and aggressive form of Lymphoma.

Organizers Recommend 2021 World XC Championships Be Postponed

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Organizers of next year's World Athletics Cross Country Championships, scheduled for March 20, in Bathurst, Australia in New South Wales, are recommending that these championships be postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  The board of the local organizing committee has made the recommendation to the World Athletics Council as "a result of biosecurity measures and travel restrictions currently in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Australia," according to an official statement released today.  Australian borders are currently closed to foreign visitors to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Olympic Qualification Window Reopens For Road Athletes September 1

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Five Best From The Weekend: Miller-Uibo Shows Range, Bromell Beats Lyles

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Until the Diamond League formally returns on Aug. 14 in Monaco, finding track results is an exercise in internet sleuthing and social media stalking. Grassroots meets that are humble in appearance have been heavy on star power as the pandemic has forced athletes to compete at venues that don’t typically house a cast of world and Olympic champions. So bootleg race videos and wind-assisted marks have become the norm in a season that certainly has no precedent.

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Elijah Manangoi Suspended For Whereabouts Violations

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Kenyan 1500m runner Elijah Manangoi has been provisionally suspended, according to the Athletics Integrity Unit. Manangoi, the 1500m world champion, has a personal best of 3:28.80 in the event. He made one appearance this year, running a 2000m race in Nairobi as part of the Impossible Games.

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Canadian Record Holder Debues-Stafford Joins Bowerman

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The rich keep getting richer as yet another distance star is set to join Nike’s Bowerman Track Club: Canadian Gabriela Debues-Stafford—sixth last fall in the 1500m at the World Championships— will transition her training to Portland, Oregon, as she joins Jerry Schumacher’s world class group in the fall.

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