So here's a Galen Rupp trivia question (since it was about a year ago that he got married): Where did Galen's future wife finish at the inaugural Nike Cross Nationals in 2004? Check the results here. Hint: It was in the top 10.
Rupp closed his 2011 season on a high note last Friday, breaking the American record in the 10,000 meters by 11 seconds. Suddenly, a U.S. distance runner is competing alongside the world's best. He lives and trains in Beaverton, Ore., near the Nike campus, and is training partners with 5,000-meter world champion Mo Farah, a Somalia-born citizen of Great Britain who has become one of his best friends.
Rupp reflected on what he's learned along a 10-year step-by-step process under coach Alberto Salazar. There have been a lot of highs and lows since Rupp and Salazar teamed up for the first time in the fall of 2000, when Galen was 14.
By the time Rupp graduated from Central Catholic in 2004 he held U.S. high school records for 2,000 meters, 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and was fourth in the 10,000 meters -- yet never won a national title.
(Trivia answer: fifth).