Gabriele Grunewald’s Statement Regarding USATF Indoor Championships
February 24, 2014
First of all, let me say how humbled I am by the support I have received from administrators in the sport, the media, and especially my fellow athletes. This has been a very emotional 48 hours and without your support, I don’t know how I would have made it through. I want to thank Jordan for having the class and integrity to make what I know had to be a very difficult decision. This was never an issue between myself and Jordan, it was more an issue with the process and the steps that were taken to get to where we did. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and will always regard her as a class act and a fierce and talented competitor. My team behind me have been so instrumental in getting this issue resolved, my management team and my coach never once strayed from taking the hard line and fully supporting me and I am forever grateful.
Max Siegel deserves a lot of credit in this situation for stepping in and facilitating the process which led to what we all believed was the correct decision. He has expressed to me that USATF will be looking at its processes to make sure things like this don’t happen in the future. I have a restored faith in the future of the sport and that is in no small part due to Max’s actions.
Lastly, I am relieved that I can now turn my focus to the task that lies ahead in Sopot. For the first time I get to represent the United States at a major championship and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity.
Gabriele Grunewald-3000m US Champion