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  1. Seems pretty unlikely at this point that Russia...

    Seems pretty unlikely at this point that Russia will have a track & field team at the Olympics...
  2. Arkansas already had a big pole vault reputation...

    Arkansas already had a big pole vault reputation before Sutej went there. They had produced April Steiner, Katie Stripling, Jodi Unger, and so on. Plus Steiner was still training in Arkansas when...
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    I'm not sure if he is actually still banned. He...

    I'm not sure if he is actually still banned. He isn't listed as banned anywhere.

    I've sent an email asking for clarification on his status.
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    The thing about the drug stuff is that USADA...

    The thing about the drug stuff is that USADA never came up with any firm evidence Alberto doped any of his elite athletes. Lots of smoke, minimal actual fire. So there is plenty of outrage, but it is...
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    Mary talk about her experiences at length in a...

    Mary talk about her experiences at length in a podcast, definitely worth a listen if you want to understand the situation better:...
  6. I believe she is living with a family member. I...

    I believe she is living with a family member. I do not think she is going to need to pay the bills with professional pole vaulting in order to survive any time soon.
  7. If going pro doesn't work out, she'll do what any...

    If going pro doesn't work out, she'll do what any other 20-something who hates school does... get a job or go to some sort of trade school, like the massage school she mentioned in the article.
    ...
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    Diuretics are easily detectable, and NOP athletes...

    Diuretics are easily detectable, and NOP athletes are the most tested in the country.

    I do agree with the posters who are skeptical that Alberto would direct an athlete of Mary's caliber to take...
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    Cain never said she took diuretics. Her original...

    Cain never said she took diuretics. Her original quote in the NY Times video indicated that Salazar wanted her to take birth control and diuretics.
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    Dawn Harper-Nelson got busted for a diuretic she...

    Dawn Harper-Nelson got busted for a diuretic she was prescribed in the ER for high blood pressure. She tried looking it up, but did it wrong, so she thought she was ok when she wasn't. USADA made her...
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    Those streams exist for Diamond League...

    Those streams exist for Diamond League meets/World Champs. IAAF is controlling that. Whether or not NBC had the option to stream them or not, I do not know. But the cameras are there, the technology...
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    Maybe Papa Massata Diack will be extradited after...

    Maybe Papa Massata Diack will be extradited after all?

    https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1086735/papa-massata-diack-appears-before-judge
  13. Yeah that is super gross. But the article is...

    Yeah that is super gross.

    But the article is correct that it is pretty unlikely anyone would actually get chickenpox that way. Even when kids are in the room together sharing fresh lollipops at a...
  14. Yes, if their performances warrant it, but they...

    Yes, if their performances warrant it, but they additionally have to obtain and pay for their own testing to prove their T levels are below the limit for that sport.

    If it were a case of a trans...
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    The camera crews were there at Worlds. That...

    The camera crews were there at Worlds. That wasn't the issue.

    No one will tell me what the issue was.

    IAAF charging too much for the rights fee? It did not appear that any other countries had...
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    I am disappointed that each year we have seen a...

    I am disappointed that each year we have seen a reduction in coverage, and I am very worried about whether or not field event prelims will be available for the Olympics this summer.
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    I believe they have a more flexible arrangement...

    I believe they have a more flexible arrangement worked out, I don't think he has to fly back from Europe for that weekend or anything like that.

    Remember a few years ago Sam had no formal fall...
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    Sam is reserve. I don't know his exact...

    Sam is reserve. I don't know his exact commitments, but he has been very happy with the arrangement any time I have asked him.

    I believe Chelimo is part of the WCAP program.

    Sam is not. He...
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    Sam seems happy winning almost every meet and not...

    Sam seems happy winning almost every meet and not going for the world record. He has said point blank in the mixed zone something to the effect of the world record not being in the cards for him.
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    If Mondo could maximize his abilities and...

    If Mondo could maximize his abilities and consistency the way Sam does, he would be jumping like 6.10-6.30 every meet.

    That's not a knock on Mondo, Sam is just THAT good. I don't know if any...
  21. We had a long stretch at the beginning of the...

    We had a long stretch at the beginning of the men's pole vault final where nothing else was happening, so they were discussing PV with Dan during their coverage.

    Some of his comments were making...
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    That's why the Rodgers/Gatlin exchange ended up...

    That's why the Rodgers/Gatlin exchange ended up out of the zone a couple years ago. Pushing the limit on Gatlin running a long leg means decreasing your wiggle room if anything goes wrong.
  23. From the cases I am familiar with, athletes who...

    From the cases I am familiar with, athletes who have lived and worked in America for many years and finally just got their citizenship, and who all had well over 3 years since they last represented...
  24. The three year wait can be waived, and usually...

    The three year wait can be waived, and usually is, in terms of three years from the application date. But I think it would be hard to get it waived if it has been less than three years from the last...
  25. It is not at all accurate to say Mondo was...

    It is not at all accurate to say Mondo was "granted permission" to compete for Sweden. Mondo was a Swedish citizen at birth and has ALWAYS represented Sweden in competition, as did his older brother....
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