Body shaming allegations rock Oregon Ducks track and field program

The University of Oregon’s track and field program is one of the best in the world, and the school has pushed the limits for decades to help athletes trim their times, boost their throws and jumps and live up to Eugene’s Track Town USA nickname.

But some former female athletes said the school went too far.


On the latest episode of Beat Check, we hear from Ken Goe, the longtime and now retired reporter for the Oregonian and Oregon live who worked at the paper for 4 decades and has covered track since the late 1980s.


We talked about his story on how UO’s data-driven approach to weight and body fat percentages have put female athletes at risk of unhealthy behaviors, like eating disorders and body dysmorphia. We discussed why he thinks the story reverberated nationally and much more. 

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