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Shannon Rowbury to be Coached by Alberto Salazar

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RunnerSpace.com/Pro   on Sep 17 2013, 05:38 PM

Press Release from Ricky Simms of PACE Sports Management

Shannon Rowbury today announced that after she completes her final race of the season this weekend at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York she will relocate to Portland, Oregon to be coached by Alberto Salazar as a member of the Nike Oregon Project. 

“I am pleased to announce that I will be coached by Alberto Salazar and join the Nike Oregon Project.  This is an exciting time in my career as I will join the likes of Olympic and World Championships medallists Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz in one of the world’s top distance running groups.  I spoke to Alberto several times over the past few months and feel he is the right person to take me to the next level in my running career and further explore my potential in both the 1500m and 5000m on my road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”

The 28 year old San Francisco native was previously coached by John Cook with assistance from Tom Kloos and the Bay Area Track Club.  Coach Cook guided her to World Championships 1500m bronze in 2009 in Berlin, 6th and 7th place finishes in the last two Olympic Games and two USATF outdoor 1500m titles (2008 & 2009).  Last month she placed 7th in the 5000m in the World T&F Championships in Moscow.

“I would like to thank Coach Cook for everything he has done for me since I graduated from Duke University in 2008.  He has taught me so much and I will remain close to him.  I wish him a happy and stress free retirement/semi-retirement not having to plan my next workout or worry about my weekly mileage.”

Earlier this month Shannon announced her engagement to Mexican 1500m runner Pablo Solares.

Over the next few years with guidance from Alberto and his staff at the Nike Oregon Project Shannon will look forward to challenging for more medals and improving her personal best performances - 800m 2:00.47 (2010), 1500m 4:00.33 (2008), mile 4:20.34 (2008), 3000m8:31.38 (2010) and 5000m 15:00.51 (2010). 

For further information on Shannon visit her website www.shannonrowbury.com or follow her on Facebook Shannon Rowbury, Twitter @shannonrowbury or Instagram ShannonRowbury. 

For further information on the Nike Oregon Project visit www.nikeoregonproject.com or follow them on Twitter @OregonPJT.

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Scott Bush

Dave Ross, on , said:

It should be great for everyone involved to have her in the mix. I'm guessing that Pablo (her fiance) will also be training with the NOP guys?


Dave, you're correct in your assumption that Pablo will be training with NOP, too.

You have to love another big name moving to Portland :)
Dave Ross
It should be great for everyone involved to have her in the mix. I'm guessing that Pablo (her fiance) will also be training with the NOP guys?
Chris Lotsbom
I'm looking forward to see how all three -- Rowbury, Cain, and Moser -- improve with another athlete in the group.
Scott Bush
It's official! I view Rowbury's move as a great one for all involved. Alberto gets another incredibly talented and successful athlete on board and I have no doubt he'll help her take another step forward in her 1,500m success, but also mature into a world-class 5k athlete. Rowbury will have Moser, Cain and Hasay to train with, and she'll certainly be able to give some pro-level guidance to Hasay and Cain as they work their way into the pro realm.
Chris Nickinson
Rowbury To Be Coached By Salazar
By David Monti, @d9monti
© 2013 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved - Used with permission.

(17-Sep) -- After ending her 2013 summer season at the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York on Sunday, American Olympian Shannon Rowbury will move to Portland, Ore., where she will be coached by Alberto Salazar under Nike's Oregon Project program. Previously, Rowbury had been coached by John Cook who told Race Results Weekly two weeks ago that he was retiring.

"I am pleased to announce that I will be coached by Alberto Salazar and join the Nike Oregon Project," Rowbury said through a statement provided by PACE Sports Management, her management company. "This is an exciting time in my career as I will join the likes of Olympic and World Championships medalists Mo Farah, Galen Rupp and Matthew Centrowitz in one of the world's top distance running groups. I spoke to Alberto several times over the past few months and feel he is the right person to take me to the next level in my running career and further explore my potential in both the 1500m and 5000m on my road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

"Rowbury, 28, who won the bronze medal at the 2009 IAAF World Championships at 1500m, has made two consecutive Olympic finals. In 2008 she finished seventh in the 1500m, and in 2012 she was sixth, the highest position every by an American women in an Olympic 1500m final. At this summer's IAAF World Championships, she placed 7th in the 5000m. She has personal bests of 4:00.33 for 1500m, 4:20.34 for the mile, 8:31.38 for 3000m, and 15:00.51 for 5000m. Rowbury dabbles in road running, and has won the Fifth Avenue Mile twice (2009 & 2010).

Rowbury, who recently announced her engagement to Mexican 1500m runner Pablo Solares, said that she was grateful to Coach Cook --and the Bay Area Track Club's Tom Kloos-- for helping her reach such a high level in the sport.

"I would like to thank Coach Cook for everything he has done for me since I graduated from Duke University in 2008," she said. "He has taught me so much and I will remain close to him. I wish him a happy and stress free retirement/semi-retirement not having to plan my next workout or worry about my weekly mileage."

NOTE: Shannon Rowbury is on Twitter at @shannonrowbury --Ed.

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