More come forward on Alberto Salazar allegations

Photo by Philippe Bertrand
Photo by Philippe Bertrand

Though any sort of smoking gun against Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar remains missing, more athletes and support staff affiliated with the Portland, Ore., based training group continue to come forward with stories.

The most notable name is Lauren Fleshman who, though never coached by Salazar, told David Epstein of ProPublica (who published, alongside BBC, the original story) he helped her get prescription for asthma medication and suggested she try getting a prescription for thyroid medication.

Further, John Stiner, a massage therapist hired by the Oregon Project and originally spoken to by BBC for their Panorama episode, expanded on his original claim of mailing a tube of AndroGel back to Salazar after an altitude camp in Park City, Utah. He told the Daily Mail Salazar also asked him to retrieve two vials from the refrigerator with small labels reading “allergy one” and “allergy two.” Salazar stressed they needed to be kept cold, so Stiner mailed the vials wrapped in dry ice. He also says he found a bag of 25 to 50 needles in the bathroom.

Steiner explained how he found the room: “It was personal items and things. It wasn’t just a few small things. There were altitude tents and compressors. Personal clothing. Piles of running shoes, just left behind. And Galen’s wallet, with two or three hundred dollars in it.”

“Everyone else who was staying there, all their personal hygiene products, personal clothing, possessions, were all gone. It was Alberto and Galen’s possessions that were still there. Galen’s wallet.”

Josh Rohatinsky, who says he was one of the athletes contacted by BBC for the investigation and who was coached by Salazar for two years, also wrote on his Facebook page he believes the reports and notes an obvious wall between Galen and the rest of the training group while he was with them. He says Salazar “worked his butt off for all of us and was very dedicated to taking care of the needs of everyone in the group. But that wall was always there, and the level of secrecy and seclusion was definitely palpable.”