Alysia Montano could gain four belated podium finishes if Russian track athletes' medals are discounted.
Alysia Montano could gain four belated podium finishes if Russian track athletes' medals are discounted. (AP)

Flower Power: Alysia Montano

In response to Russian doping, U.S. athletes rally around Alysia Montano

Alysia Montano reacts after winning the senior women's 800-meter run final at the U.S. Championships athletics meet, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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The scale of Monday’s allegations of Russian track and field doping was large enough that it can by hard to know who all was affected. But one woman in particular may be affected more than any other. Alysia Montano, the six-time national 800-meter champion has consistently finished just off podium of world championships and Olympics, going as far back as 2010. Should the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) accept the advice of the World Anti-Doping Agency report, which calls for bans on five Russian athletes, the result would drastically affect Montano’s finishes even years later. On Monday, Montano took stock of what could be her amended results.

“This affects all of us,” Goucher told Outside, ”but we can band together to make each voice stronger.”

“I feel incredibly moved by the internal support within the sport. It’s everything,” Montano said on Thursday. “It makes me feel like I’m not in this alone. It brings back hope in the sport.” 

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