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The longest race : inside the secret world of abuse, doping, and deception on Nike's elite running team

Goucher, Kara (author.). Pilon, Mary, (author.).

Summary: "Kara Goucher grew up with Olympic dreams. She excelled at running from a young age, and though she was confronted with serious challenges including the death of her father and struggles with disordered eating, her prospects were bright. She won high school cross country championships in Minnesota, NCAA track and field championships at the University of Colorado, and when she graduated from college, Nike offered her a sponsorship deal. Alberto Salazar was a legend of American distance running. He ran at the University of Oregon, made two Olympic teams, and won the New York and Boston marathons in the 1980s. In the early 2000s he was hired by Nike as a coach to build a team that would reestablish the United States as a distance running powerhouse. Dubbed the Nike Oregon Project, it would be based at the company's spectacular headquarters near Portland. In 2004, Kara and her Olympian-runner husband, Adam, were invited by Alberto to move to Oregon and join the elite team. It seemed the opportunity of a lifetime and the start of her dreams coming true. But behind the scenes, Salazar was hiding dark secrets beneath his charming persona. Narcissistic and power hungry, he demanded complete control over his runners, pushing and then crossing the limits of anti-doping rules and even promoting a culture of abuse. Told with stunning honesty, The Longest Race is an unforgettable story and a call to action. Overcoming the powerful forces compelling her to remain silent, Kara became a key witness helping to get Salazar banned for life from professional coaching, as well as a crusader for female athletes. Ultimately, she reveals how she broke through the fear of losing everything she ever worked for, took back control of her life and career, and reclaimed her love of the sport of running"--

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  • ISBN: 9781982179168
  • ISBN: 1982179147
  • ISBN: 9781982179144
  • Physical Description: xv, 263 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2023.

Contents / Notes

Formatted Contents Note: Patty and Mirko -- Dreams of Jennings -- Changes -- Boulder -- What next -- Love and injuries -- Valhalla -- Welcome to "the Nike Family" -- Pushing the edge -- Pros and cons -- Jetting -- Rieti -- Heart -- Rules -- Flip the switch -- Unstoppable -- Great expectations -- Trials -- Beijing -- "Queens girl " -- Trapped -- Heartbreak -- Multiple attempts -- Nine months -- Survival mode -- Muzzled -- From the sidelines -- Proof -- Confrontation -- The fight for two spots -- The FBI, London, Randos -- Bombs -- Return to the Buffaloes -- Going public -- The haunted place -- Under oath -- Just keep going -- A call for change.
Subject: Goucher, Kara
Women runners United States Biography
Olympic athletes United States Biography
Sports sponsorship United States
Salazar, Alberto 1958-
Long-distance runners United States Biography
Track and field Corrupt practices
Doping in sports United States
Nike (Firm) Corrupt practices
Nike (Firm). Oregon Project.
Salazar, Alberto 1958-
Nike (Firm)
Doping in sports
Long-distance runners
Olympic athletes
Sports sponsorship
Women runners
United States
Genre: Autobiographies.

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