It’s been quite a month ... actually, more like five years for Kara Goucher. When we met her in early 2014, Kara had already begun testifying against illegal practices she observed during her time at the Nike Oregon Project (NOP). We knew it weighed on her. All the time. There would be waves of stress brought on whenever a new portion of the investigation started: When the Pro Publica report came out in 2015; when she was interviewed immediately after getting 4th at the marathon Olympic Trials in 2016; when she testified in 2017; when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) found against NOP in 2017, but the case immediately went to appeal. Kara would often be lectured by strangers, “If there was something illegal going on, we would know about it by now.” But she had no choice but to wait on the official process. And now, finally, she can be open about it. We collected some of the best reporting (below) on Kara’s work with USADA and her feelings on the investigation. Good reading if you want to understand the inside workings of our sport.
We see you, Kara. Speaking up is not easy. You never wavered in your commitment to see the process through, even though that work took a heavy toll. We thank you, our sport thanks you, and you deserve an amazing podium retreat this weekend with your women! Sending you all the love.