Olympic Outlook: Women’s Marathon Preview

Kara Goucher. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher

Goucher announced herself on the world stage when she won a bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 2007 track and field world championships; she set her sights on the marathon after the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Goucher joined friend and former “rival” (at least from the media’s perspective) Shalane Flanagan last year when she split with Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar—who Goucher credits with revitalizing her career—to train Jerry Schumacher, who coaches a separate Nike group.

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Age at the Olympics: 34

Trains in: Portland, Ore.

PR: 2:24:52 (2011 Boston Marathon)

Recent results: 2012 New York City Half Marathon, third, 1:09:12

Previous Olympics: 2000: ninth, 5,000m, 10th, 10,000m

Olympic outlook: Goucher has struggled with injuries since giving birth to her son, Colt, in late 2010, but she ran well enough to get on the Olympic team by placing third at the U.S. trials. If Goucher can get back to the form that saw her earn podium finishes at the New York City Marathon in 2008 and the Boston Marathon in 2009, Goucher could be a medal contender.

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