The Info List - Adam Goucher

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Adam Goucher (born February 18, 1975) is a retired American cross-country and track and field athlete. He ran for the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the men's 5000 meters. Goucher primarily competed in distance events and is featured in Running With The Buffaloes, a book revolving around the 1998 season of the University of Colorado cross country team.


1 Running career

1.1 High school 1.2 Collegiate 1.3 Professional

2 Personal bests (outdoor) 3 External links

3.1 Audio interviews 3.2 Video interviews

4 References

Running career[edit] High school[edit] Goucher attended Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and graduated in 1994. Before he ran competitively in high school, he played basketball.[2] He won the Foot Locker National High School Cross Country Championship in 1993, as well as having personal bests of 1:53 at 800 m, 4:18 at 1600 m, and 8:55 at 3200 m. Goucher's coach in high school was Judy Fellhauer, who was an Olympic Trials qualifier in the marathon.[2] Collegiate[edit] While attending the University of Colorado, Goucher won two NCAA indoor track titles in the 3,000 meter race (1997 & 1998) and an outdoor NCAA track title in 5,000 meters in 1998. After three top ten finishes, he finally won the NCAA Division I cross country title his senior year in 1998. It is during this season in which Running With The Buffaloes is written. He also competed in the United States Olympic Trials and placed 14th in the 5000 m during 1996. Professional[edit] After graduating, Goucher continued to compete with a contract from Fila, running the fastest time for an American in 1999 in the mile (3:54.17), the sixth fastest for 3,000 meters (7:43.31), and third fastest for 5,000 meters (13:11.25). On consecutive days in February 2000 he won both the short (4K) and long course (12K) races at the USATF National Cross Country Championships under cold, muddy conditions in North Carolina. During 2000, he also made his first Olympic team, placing first in the Olympic Trials in the 5000 m. He was 13th in the 5000 m at the Sydney Olympic Games, despite serious battles with back troubles. Goucher's career has been plagued with injury. Despite having continually been ranked as one of the foremost American competitors at distances between 1500 m and 5000 m, he was prevented from performing optimally at the 2004 Olympic Trials by an Achilles heel problem and thus did not qualify for the Olympic team. The Olympic Trials were a culmination of a very rough period for him and soon thereafter he left Mark Wetmore, his longtime coach and friend, to train with Alberto Salazar in Oregon. The move proved beneficial for Goucher. Goucher's 2005 season saw him improve his 5000 m time to 13:10.19 and take 2nd place at the USA Cross Country 4 km Championships. In 2006, Goucher ran a 10:50 at the USA Cross Country Championships to win first place in the short course (4 km). He went on to finish 6th in the short course race at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, the highest finish by an American since Pat Porter placed 6th in the 1986 World Cross (12K) Championships. He finished only 8 seconds behind the winner, world-renowned Ethiopian champion Kenenisa Bekele, the 5k and 10k world record holder. At the 2006 Prefontaine Classic, Goucher finished third in the 2 mile with a time of 8:12.7, the third fastest 2 mile ever run by an American. Goucher's performance at the World Cross Country meet and his 2 mile at the Prefontaine Classic were the highlights of a year that also saw him dipping under 28 minutes for the 10,000 meters with a 27:59.41 at the Van Damme Memorial Meet in Brussels, Belgium. In 2008, he attended the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, in hopes of qualifying in the 5k and 10k. His time of 13:56.25 in the semifinal of the 5k was enough to advance to the finals, but after holding the lead for several laps, he dropped out of the race with two laps remaining. He withdrew from the race because he was at a point that he would not be able to run the Olympic A standard if he were to continue with the race. This was done to conserve energy for the 10k. He finished seventh in the 10k final, failing to qualify for the Olympics, but besting his previous 10k personal record by less than a second with a 27:59.31.[citation needed] Goucher currently resides in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Kara Goucher, also a professional runner. They have one son, Colton Mirko. Goucher is co-founder of Run The Edge, a virtual fitness challenge company. Personal bests (outdoor)[edit]

Distance Mark Date Location

800 meters 1:50.03 May 11, 2002 Modesto, CA

1500 metres 3:36.64 July 17, 2001 Stockholm

Mile 3:54.17 May 30, 1999 Eugene, OR

3000 metres 7:34.96 July 20, 2001 Monaco

2 miles 8:12.73 May 28, 2006 Eugene, OR

5000 metres 13:10.00 July 22, 2006 Heusden-Zolder

10000 meters 27:59.31 July 4, 2008 Eugene, OR

External links[edit]

Run The Edge (company) [1] Adam Goucher profile at IAAF Profile and Videos nikerunning.com

Audio interviews[edit]

Adam Goucher: "Operation Olympic Gold" Podcast Interview TheFinalSprint.com interview with Adam Goucher

Video interviews[edit]

Flotrack Interviews of Adam Goucher


^ a b c d e All-Athletics. "Profile of Adam Goucher".  ^ a b Chris Lear (May 1, 2001). "Running Times: Learning to Fly". 

Lear, Chris (2003). Running With The Buffaloes. The Lyons Press. p. 260.  "USA T&F Bios". Adam Goucher. Retrieved April 11, 2011.  Competitor: Adam Goucher Officially Retires From Running by Mario Fraioli, November 9, 2011

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US National Championship winners in Men's 5000 m, 2 miles or 3 miles


1878: William Duffey 1879: P.J. McDonald 1880–94: Not held 1895: Charles Bean 1896: Ernest Hjertberg 1897–1902: Not held 1903–04: Alex Grant 1905: Sanford Lyon 1906–32: Not held 1933: John Follows 1934: Frank Crowley 1935: Joe McCluskey 1936: Don Lash 1937: Joe McCluskey 1938–42: Greg Rice 1943: Gunder Hägg (SWE) * Greg Rice 1944: Jim Rafferty 1945: John Kandl 1946: Francis Martin 1947–48: Curt Stone 1949–51: Fred Wilt 1952: Curt Stone 1953: Charles Capozzoli 1954–55: Horace Ashenfelter 1956: Dick Hart 1957: John Macy 1958: Alex Henderson 1959–60: Bill Dellinger 1961: László Tábori (HUN) * Max Truex 1962: Murray Halberg (NZL) * Max Truex 1963: Pat Clohessy (AUS) * Jim Keefe 1964–65: Bob Schul 1966: George Young 1967: Gerry Lindgren 1968: Bob Day 1969: Tracy Smith 1970: Frank Shorter 1971: Steve Prefontaine 1972: Mike Keough (IRL) * Dick Buerkle 1973: Steve Prefontaine 1974: Dick Buerkle 1975: Marty Liquori 1976: Dick Buerkle 1977: Marty Liquori 1978: Marty Liquori 1979–82: Matt Centrowitz 1983: Doug Padilla 1984: Sydney Maree 1985–86: Doug Padilla 1987: Sydney Maree 1988: Doug Padilla 1989: Tim Hacker 1990: Doug Padilla 1991–92: John Trautmann 1993–94: Matt Giusto 1995–97: Bob Kennedy 1998: Marc Davis 1999–2000: Adam Goucher 2001: Bob Kennedy 2002: Alan Culpepper 2003–05: Tim Broe 2006–08: Bernard Lagat 2009: Matt Tegenkamp 2010–11: Bernard Lagat 2012: Galen Rupp 2013–14: Bernard Lagat 2015: Ryan Hill 2016: Bernard Lagat 2017: Paul Chelimo

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2000 USA Olympic Track & Field Team


2000 United States Olympic Trials (track and field)

Men's track & road athletes

Abdi Abdirahman Kenny Brokenburr (r) John Capel James Carter Curt Clausen Tony Cosey Mark Crear Mark Croghan Alan Culpepper Rod DeHaven Pascal Dobert Jon Drummond Philip Dunn Mark Everett Adam Goucher Maurice Greene Alvin Harrison Calvin Harrison (r) Brad Hauser Floyd Heard Andrew Hermann Gabe Jennings Allen Johnson Curtis Johnson Michael Johnson Meb Keflezighi Rich Kenah Brian Lewis (r) Coby Miller Tim Montgomery (r) Antonio Pettigrew Jason Pyrah Nick Rogers Tim Seaman Michael Stember Angelo Taylor Eric Thomas Terrence Trammell Bernard Williams (r) Bryan Woodward Jerome Young (r)

Men's field athletes

Charles Austin Andy Bloom LaMark Carter Walter Davis Lance Deal Kenny Evans John Godina Breaux Greer Chad Harting Robert Howard Chris Huffins Nick Hysong Kip Janvrin Lawrence Johnson Nathan Leeper Melvin Lister Jud Logan Kevin McMahon Adam Nelson Tom Pappas Dwight Phillips Adam Setliff Savanté Stringfellow Anthony Washington

Women's track & road athletes

Andrea Anderson (r) Kim Batten Tonja Buford-Bailey Yueling Chen Chris Clark Hazel Clark Joetta Clark Diggs LaTasha Colander-Richardson Michelle Collins Sharon Couch Shayne Culpepper Gail Devers Deena Drossin Elva Dryer Torri Edwards Chryste Gaines Sandra Glover Suzy Favor Hamilton Monique Hennagan Libbie Hickman Marion Jones Anne Marie Lauck Debbi Lawrence Jearl Miles-Clark Melissa Morrison Nanceen Perry Jennifer Rhines Passion Richardson (r) Michelle Rohl Amy Rudolph Marla Runyan

Women's field athletes

Amy Acuff Erin Aldrich Lynda Blutreich Dawn Burrell Shelia Burrell Jesseca Cross Karol Damon Stacy Dragila Dawn Ellerbe Nicole Gamble Marion Jones Kris Kuehl Mel Mueller DeDee Nathan Amy Palmer Suzy Powell Connie Price-Smith Seilala Sua Kellie Suttle Teri Tunks Shana Williams


John Chaplin (men's head coach) Dick Booth (men's assistant coach) Dixon Farmer (men's assistant coach) Rob Johnson (men's assistant coach) John Moon (men's assistant coach) Jerry Quiller (men's assistant coach) Jay Silvester (men's assistant coach) Bubba Thornton (men's assistant coach) Karen Dennis (women's head coach) Sandy Fowler (women's assistant coach) Ernest Gregoire (women's assistant coach) Judy Harrison (women's assistant coach) Rita Somerlot (women's assistant coach) LaVerne Sweat (women's assistant coach) Mark Young (women's assistant coach)

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