The CHill Zone of T&F: Conway's View From the Finish Line

Coaches Association Emerging

Oct 27th, 2009
7:39 pm PST

As I take a look at the state of professionalism in the sport of track and field it comes to my attention that the coaches may be the ones to lead the way. In talking with various individuals regarding the current state of the sport I've received information on the development of a coaches association Read More...

Are We in Position for 30 Medals?

Oct 21st, 2009
6:08 am PST

Thirty medals. That's the stated goal of USATF CEO Doug Logan. Thirty medals in London, 2012. This is the goal that was set following a 23 medal performance in Beijing. A performance that was considered to be unsatisfactory. So with a follow up in Berlin that netted one fewer medal (22) than Beijing questions abound:• Was 30 just an arbitrary number?• Is 30 a realistic goal?• If so why are we so far off?• If 30 "is" realistic then where will they come from? • Do we have a "structure" in place that will help us get there?At least these are some of the questions that I have heard from friends I've talked to and from those of you out there that have emailed me Read More...

How Are They Selecting Coaches These Days?

Oct 18th, 2009
4:53 pm PST

Recently I talked about the elite level of the sport and the effect that money has had as the sport has attempted to grow from an amateur sport into a professional one. The "growing pains" that have stressed the sport on the money front has seemingly spilled over to the coaching front.I say that after reading on Friday that Veronica Campbell Brown is leaving Lance Brauman - the coach that has guided her to nine World and Olympic medals, including three gold Read More...

Has Money Helped or Hurt the Sport ?

Oct 13th, 2009
5:07 pm PST

When I was young and watching the sport, I thought it would be wonderful if track athletes could actually make a living in track and field like they could in other sports. As I watched athletes struggle to find training time as they worked full time jobs to pay the bills and put food on the table, I thought, "wouldn't it be great if running could pay the bills?" Read More...

Time for USATF to Bid for the World Championships

Oct 7th, 2009
6:05 am PST

The early exit of Chicago as a bid city for the 2016 Games means that there will not be Olympic level track and field in the United States until at least 2020 - and that's only if the USOC decides to submit an application for a bid city.While most of the country is still either crying over spilled milk or trying to figure out who to blame for Chicago's failure, I look at things a bit differently Read More...

And the Winner Is – Rio de Janerio

Oct 4th, 2009
8:21 am PST

For the first time in history South America will be host to the Olympic Games as Rio de Janerio emerged victorious in Friday's vote in Copenhagen, Denmark.Friday's vote was a major coup for the Brazilian city that has been world renowned for it's beauty and party atmosphere. The word "Carnival" is quickly associated by most with the city of Rio de Janerio Read More...

My Choice To Host the 2016 Games

Oct 1st, 2009
6:08 am PST

Friday will be a special day for one of the four cities bidding to host the 2016 Olympic Games as Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Tokyo all await the vote that will make one of them the Game's host city.Everyone has their favorite, the place they hope will win - typically simply a case of nationalistic pride Read More...