Food Blamed in Illnesses of
By GINA KOLATA and JASON STALLMAN
Published: August 15, 2008
Source of Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/16/sports/olympics/16food.html?ref=sports
BEIJING — Several members of the United States track team experienced food poisoning at the team’s pre-Olympic training center in Dalian, about 300 miles east of Beijing, according to a coach for three Olympians and a doctor for one of the athletes.
Flanagan was among those who became ill, starting on Monday. She could not keep food down and could not even jog, but she recovered in time to compete in the 10,000 meters on Friday night; she set the American record and won a bronze medal.
Several dozen team members trained in
Cook was not certain what caused the outbreak, but he said potential sources were tap water used to wash lettuce and oil purchased locally.
Olympic officials and Sacks could not be reached
for comment late Friday night in
Some foods in
It was unclear if those arrangements applied to
the track team’s camp in
“She would jog — as soon as she would jog, she’d disrupt things,” Cook said. “It wasn’t a very pretty picture. I probably should have brought her out early.”
Flanagan’s doctor, Alan King
“I was pretty terrified,” said King, who was in
King, Cook and Flanagan said they were mystified
Bob Adams, a doctor for the
“He was the reason she did so well,” King said,
Flanagan had to pass several runners in the final laps to win the bronze, finishing in 30 minutes 22.22 seconds, beating her American record by 12 seconds.
“She ran the most intelligent race I’ve ever seen,” King said.
Flanagan’s husband, Steve Edwards, said he thought the illness had turned out to be a blessing. “She had forced rest, which was a good thing,” he said. “And she was able to sleep 10 to 12 hours a night.
“It was good for her eating the poisoned soup,” he added. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
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