Kara Goucher To Be Coached By Mark Wetmore

Kara Goucher will be aiming to qualify for her third Olympic team in 2016. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The two-time Olympian will be moving back to Boulder, Colo., on Jan. 1. 

Kara Goucher, who finished 11th at last summer’s Olympic Marathon in London and placed sixth at this year’s Boston Marathon, will be moving back to Boulder, Colo., and once again be coached by her college mentor, Mark Wetmore, it was announced late on Wednesday night.

“I could not feel better or more confident about this decision,” Goucher wrote on her new website. “Jerry Schumacher and Pascal Dobert, my current coaches, are sad to see me go but very supportive of my decision. My teammates have been very supportive as well, especially Shalane Flanagan and Emily Infeld.”

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The two-time Olympian and 2007 world championship 10,000m bronze medalist has been living and training in Portland, Ore., since 2004, first under Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar and most recently under Jerry Schumacher. The move back to Boulder, where she starred at the University of Colorado and then kicked off her professional career, will take place on Jan. 1, according to a press release provided by Shanna Burnette at Modcraft Studio.

Wetmore, who is still at the helm of the CU cross country and track programs, also coaches pros Jenny Simpson, Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp, all of whom ran under him at the University of Colorado. Wetmore recently led the CU men’s cross country team to the 2013 NCAA Division I national title, the sixth national championship for the program since he took the helm in 1995. He also formerly coached Kara’s husband, Adam Goucher, a four-time NCAA champion while at CU and a 2000 Olympian, as well as former Buffs and U.S. Olympic runners Dathan Ritzenhein, Jorge Torres, Alan Culpepper and Billy Nelson, among others.

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