Joe Vigil, coach of the 1988 U.S. Olympic men's distance runners, said that a published report quoting him as saying minorities lack the determination necessary for distance running was "yellow journalism."
The article, titled "A White-Bred Sport: Why Aren't There More Minority Marathoners," appeared in the November issue of City Sport Magazine, a Southern California publications.
"I was shocked at what I read," Vigil said. "What appeared is not what I said. This is one of the worst things that has ever happened to me. I was quoted out of context."
The story quoted Vigil as saying: "Minorities don't want to pay the price to be long-distance runners. They're not ingrained with the work ethic it takes to be a long-distance runner. . . . Being a sprinter is the easy way out. Being a road racer is a lonely job with lots of hard training and a Spartan existence. These people just don't want to work hard at anything."