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An Interview with Lisa Galaviz
Lisa Galaviz came into the 2008 Olympic Trials as the American Record holder in the 3000m Steeplechase. In the final, she placed 5th-out of the Team spots-as winner Anna Willard took down her record. Frustrated, Galaviz decided she needed a change. She is now working with Wynn Gmitroski and doing some altitude training for the first time. Here, she discusses how and why she made her decision to change her training and coaching situation, and how things have been working out so far. She also gives her opinion on the new IAAF Diamond League and the WADA one-hour rule and explains how she balances training and a day job.

Photo by Sean Hartnett
E-mailing with Emily Brown
Emily Brown, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota and current member of Team USA Minnesota, hit the ground running in her first year of running professionally. What's even more amazing is that Brown has made all of this progress while balancing her training with a 40-hour-a-week dietetics internship that will last until June. It got this fellow steeplechaser wondering if as professional athletes we really need all the things we think we need in order to succeed? Or is it more about heart, hope, patience, and a little bit of luck? Let's see what she says!

Photo courtesy of Paul Pilkington
E-mailing with Lindsey Anderson
Lindsey Anderson, a senior at Weber State, is having an incredible year. She finished 62nd at the 2006 NCAA Cross-Country Championships, leading her team to a strong 25th place. She did not qualify for the 2005 NCAA Cross-Country Championships. At the 2007 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, she finished 7th in the 5K with a PR (by over a minute) of 16:00.77. She did not qualify for the 2007 Indoor Championships. Now she has begun her outdoor season by setting a 10K PR of 33:16. She had never raced the event before except to score points after racing the steeplechase at the Big Sky Conference meet. Her steeplechase PR coming into the season was 10:20. She ran 9:46 at Mt SAC and this past weekend, at the Payton Jordan Invitational, she ran 9:39.95 to PR again and set a new NCAA Collegiate Record. It seems the sky is the limit for this senior. I couldn't wait to get an interview with her for!

Interview by Ann Gaffigan
Conducted on May 2, 2007
Posted on May 4, 2007

Photo courtesy of Ruben Aguilera
E-mailing with Lisa Galaviz
Lisa Galaviz, the 2006 U.S. Steeplechase Champion, will be competing in a stacked field this weekend at the 2007 AT&T USA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Boston. Galaviz is ranked 5th in a field that includes Shalane Flanagan, Indoor American Record holder (8:33.25) and Kara Goucher, who has run 8:41.42. Galaviz has run 9:11.81 this season.

Interview by Ann Gaffigan
Conducted on February 19, 2007
Posted on February 21, 2007

Photo courtesy of NYRR/Alison Wade
E-mailing with Carrie Messner-Vickers
Carrie Messner-Vickers, the #1-ranked steeplechaser in the U.S. in 2006, will be competing against the best of the best this weekend at the 2007 USA Cross-Country Championships in snowy and high-altitude Boulder, Colorado. I caught up with her earlier this week as she was preparing for the trip.

Interview by Ann Gaffigan
Conducted on February 5, 2007
Posted on February 7, 2007

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