Tag Archives: 1988 Olympics

My 10,000m final at the 1988 Olympics

Race day I woke up on the morning of September 30th with a raw sore throat. I had a virus—that explained why I had felt so sluggish for two days. Instantly I was plunged into despair. Had all my hard … Continue reading

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Ben tests positive for stanozolol

The Ben Johnson bomb was dropped on me when I went into the Village dining room for breakfast early in the morning on the day after my semifinal. I forget which Canadian athlete or coach gave me the news, but nobody … Continue reading

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My Olympic 10,000m semifinal: Olympic Training Log Sept 24-Sept 29

The Women’s 10,000m Semifinal September 26, 1988 On day 4 of Athletics competition, my race day finally arrived. In 1988 both men and women had to run a 10,000m semifinal, unlike at London 2012 when the 10,000m was run as a straight … Continue reading

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The Olympic Village in Seoul–Part 2

Daily life in the Athletes’ Village Overview We were treated very well in the Athletes’ Village. It was truly a self-contained town that you didn’t have to leave for anything. Here you could eat, sleep, train, and get news, entertainment, … Continue reading

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Olympic Training Log Sept 17-23: The Olympic Village in Seoul–Part 1

Living in the Athletes’ Village: September 17–October 4 When I look back at my training log and see that I only lived in the Seoul Athletes’ Village for two and a half weeks, I’m surprised. So much happened in that … Continue reading

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The Women’s 10,000m: Comparing 1988 to 2012

History of the women’s 10,000m track race I was lucky to have matured as a runner just a few years before the 10,000m track race became an official event for women. Prior to 1986, I competed nationally (and a few times … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday: Olympic Training Log December 26-January 1

More training (and hurting) in Rome If you skim through this week’s training log, you’ll notice a continuation of comments about my injuries. This is not going to change as the 1987–1988 Training Log continues. Exactly nine months from today’s date, … Continue reading

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