Reports allege doping in track program
EUGENE, Ore. - Investigative reports allege track coach Alberto Salazar violated anti-doping rules, pressuring athletes to take medications they didn't need to improve performance.
The reports from the BBC and ProPublica also allege University of Oregon standout and Olympian Galen Rupp took medications as far back as 2002.
Salazar coaches Rupp and other athletes through the Nike Oregon Project.
Neither Rupp nor any other Nike Oregon Project athletes have failed a drug test, the reports note.
Salazar denied the allegations.
"No athlete within the Oregon Project uses a medication against the spirit of the sport we love," he told the BBC and ProPublica.
Rupp told the news organizations he has never used performance enhancing drugs.
The reports draw on interviews with former Oregon Project coach Steve Magness.
Magness told the BBC he saw documentation showing Rupp used banned substances as far back as high school.
Runner Kara Goucher told ProPublica that Salazar urged her to use medications she didn't need, against her doctor's wishes.
"He is sort of a win-at-all-costs person and it's hurting the sport," Goucher told ProPublica.
The reports were met with skepticism in Eugene.
"I know that Alberto and Galen are good, solid Oregon Ducks, and something like that would surprise me," said Robert Johnson, head track coach at the University of Oregon. "It seems to me like someone being salty. Former athletes or former coaches - so proceed with caution with that, however it comes out or plays out."
The US Anti-Doping Agency told the news organizations that it doesn't confirm the existence of ongoing investigations.