By Chris Chavez
February 1, 2024
Olympic bronze medalist Molly Seidel has withdrawn from Saturday’s 2024 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Orlando due to a knee injury.
Here’s what you need to know:
– Seidel made the following announcement on Instagram:
“I am just really dreading having to make this video. I decided yesterday alongside with my coach that I will not be lining up for the Olympic trials marathon this coming Saturday. About a month ago my knee took a turn for the worst — I couldn’t run on it at all. I got an MRI that showed I had broken my patella and partially tore my patellar tendon. I have done everything in my power over this last month to try and get myself to the line.
I have just the most incredible physios and doctors doing everything in their power to help me. I have been cross-training my ass off but ultimately I got to this week and my knee had not healed up enough and I knew that I could not race a marathon hard on it in its current state without really, really injuring myself more.
I am really fucking bummed. Here is no other word for it — I have dreamed about making this team and defending my bronze medal at the Paris Olympics since the last Olympics.
But I know that the team that we will be sending is going to be the most incredible and most competitive we can be. And I am going to be watching and cheering for all the men and women racing this weekend. And that’s it.”
– Seidel has had a rocky go since winning bronze in Tokyo, enduring a string of mental and physical health challenges over the last several years, but she came back in a big way in Chicago last fall with a 2:23:07 eighth-place finish for a new PB.
Who remains in the race?
Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.