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2012 NB Indoor Grand Prix: Rupp & Oliver Set to Compete in Boston

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01/17/2012 - 14:29

rupp_oliver.pngby Larry Eder
The New Balance Indoor Grand Prix has announced two more athletes: Galen Rupp & David Oliver.

Galen Rupp is the American record holder at the 10,000m (26:48.00) and the 5,000m indoors (13:11.53). Galen, who has risen from a high school prep star, winning the Nike Border Clash as a senior and leading his Oregon Ducks to national championships. Coached by Alberto Salazar, Galen Rupp and Alberto have a strong relationship that has helped Galen improve each year. Trusting his coach implicitly, Galen sees that Alberto's attention to detail (from core training, to pool work to the Alter G treadmill) make Galen a complete runner.

Over the last year, Galen has trained with Mo Farah, who coach Alberto Salazar notes is "just about a perfect training partner". Both have improved in 2011 and as 2012 starts, Galen is focused on the 10,000m for London. He had considered the US Olympic Trials-Marathon last week, but, decided to hold off his marathon career to see where he can go on the track. We look forward to seeing Galen's gutty racing at the famed Reggie Lewis Center on February 4. Do not miss it!

And then, there is David Oliver. David was the king of the hurdles in 2010, but had a tough 2011, missing a World Championship medal. Perhaps he was tired, perhaps he was still recovering from 22 wins in 2010. In any condition, David Oliver will be back and focused for 2012, looking for that London medal that has been his focus.

David Oliver is huge for a 110m hurdler. Guided by Brooks Johnson, David took off in 2009 and has not looked back. Noting that the 110 m hurdlers in the US may be the toughest team to make, David Oliver has taken on Dayron Robles, Lui Xiang and all of the top American hurdlers, and defeated them.

Brooks Johnson is a tough taskmaster. But David Oliver and Brooks Johnson have a successful relationship: Brooks coaches and David listens and races well. Last year was tough for both coach and athlete, as both want to excel. We shall see how they start off 2012!

Even in a tough 2011, David did not give up, he battled to the end of the season. With 2012 started, we look forward to seeing David race indoors in Boston. The New Balane Indoor fans, some of the best in the world, love the indoor hurdles and indoor sprints!

Two of our favorite athletes, Galen Rupp and David Oliver, will make the meet exciting. Add them to Mo Farah, Christian Cantwell and Morgan Uceny, and more to come, and the Reggie Lewis Center will be pumping! There is nothing better than a great indoor track & field meet, and NB Indoor Grand Prix should be exciting!

We look forward to seeing David Oliver and Galen Rupp start their 2012 seasons at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix! Do not miss the meet! A ticket cost you just about the same as a trip to Taco Bell, so no excuses! See elite track & field!

Original press release below:

BOSTON (Jan 17) - Distance star Galen Rupp and high hurdler David Oliver, both American Record-Holders, have confirmed their participation in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix on February 4th, organizers announced today. Tickets for the 17th annual Olympic-style event are on sale now at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.

Galen Rupp, from Portland, OR, had one of the best annual campaigns ever by American distance runner in 2011. Beginning with an American Record indoors at 5000m with a mark of 13:11.44, Rupp also shattered the outdoor American Record at 10,000m in a time of 26:48:00. In his first attempt at the half-marathon distance, Rupp ran an eye opening time of 60:30, making him the fastest American for the year at this distance as well. Having already established his talents over multiple distances, he will compete in the mile and face previously announced IAAF World Champion at 5000m, Mo Farah of Great Britain. "The oval at Reggie has always been good to me," said Rupp. "I'm ready to see what I can do indoors in the mile."

David Oliver, who trains in Orlando, FL, had world-leading times indoors in the 60m hurdles and outdoors in the 110m hurdles in 2011. In setting the American Record in the 110m hurdles in 2010, Oliver also became the 3rd fastest man in history. He is the reigning US Champion and is one of the favorites for Olympic gold in 2012 in an event that hasn't been won by an American since 1996. Oliver also won the bronze medal in the high hurdles at the Beijing Olympic Games.

Rupp and Oliver join an all-star cast of previously announced athletes that include Christian Cantwell, Matthew Centrowitz, Mo Farah, Bershawn Jackson, Kirani James, Jenny Simpson, Jenn Suhr and Morgan Uceny.

The 17th-annual meet, the second stop in USA Track & Field's Visa Championship Series, begins at 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College. Tickets and meet Information can be found on-line at www.nbindoorgrandprix.com or by calling 1-877-849-8722.