Well, I’m not, and I’ll kick it off with the following:
GDS is quite probably the most principled, articulate, and politically conscious athlete on the global scene. To quote a recent Letsrun post, she is the antithesis of the “happy robot” that the vast majority of her colleagues appear to comfortable comporting themselves as. Her eventual lack of tolerance for the kind of ethical “grey area” situation her coach at Bowerman has created around convicted doper Shelby Houlihan was therefore entirely predictable, in spite of the obvious sacrifices leaving that group entailed.
But in entering into a relationship with Trent Stellingwerf at Victoria, she’ll be working with another coach with unanswered questions wrt to ethics. Like Schumacher, Stellingwerf is a highly competent professional with a likeable demeanor and plenty of supporters within the athletics community. He also, however, owes a considerable part of his current profile in the sport to his long time and very close association with Dave Scott Thomas, easily the most notorious distance coach in Canadian history. Trent, like other professionals who worked alongside Scott-Thomas, is highly technically competent. But mere technical competence does not guarantee anyone a shot at the kinds of positions within the sport that he has been able to obtain (note that his research is in nutrition, not ex-phys, though even the latter does not get just anyone onto Olympic sport integrated support teams). There is little question that his entre into Canadian athletics, particularly in the early years, is owed to Dave Scott Thomas. Furthermore, he is all but named in at least two accounts of the multi-year scandal at the University of Guelph as part of the IST that has been credibly accused of athlete abuse. To date Stellingwerf has not had a single public word to say about his long time professional association with DST nor his work under him at the University of Guelph. He is not legally required to say anything at all; but, ethics are not about legal requirements; they are about doing the right thing and being seen to have done it.
I wonder if GDS will hold Stellingwerf to the same ethical standard as she has now applied to Jerry Schumacher.