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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
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
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
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
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
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.