Ep 165 - Liz McColgan on the state of British athletics, drugs cheats and coaching her daughter
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May 17, 2019
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Liz McColgan MBE has a distinguished history of success as middle and long-distance track athlete, becoming world champion for 10,000 metres at the 1991 World Champs, silver medallist in the 1988 Olympics and twice gold medallist at the Commonwealth Games. She also had major success on the road winning New York City, Tokyo and London Marathons.

In this very special episode of BBR, David and Jody speak to Liz about her unusual route to becoming world champion, including:

  • Why Liz decided to not have a coach and coach herself through her career
  • Why modern athletes disadvantage themselves by narrowing their racing to just track or road
  • How Liz trained to win her gold medals
  • What she thinks about the state of doping in the sport compared with the 80s and 90s
  • Exactly what it's like coaching her daughter Ailish McColgan and the challenges they face in a mother-daughter coaching team
  • Why her son has been reluctant to follow in the (literal) footsteps of the McColgan dynasty
  • Her take on the Caster Semenya situation


In this episode, David and Jody also introduce a new sponsor. Get ready for some serious weirdness. 


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