Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1
On the morning of April twenty first nineteen eighty the eighty fourth annual Boston marathon began in Hopkinton Massachusetts over five thousand runners in nearly half. A million spectators gathered for the big race about two hours. After the marathon began. The first runners began to finish. The first was as expected. The number one male runner in the World Bill Rodgers as he crossed the finish line. Rogers won his third straight Boston marathon with a time of two hours. Twelve minutes and eleven seconds twenty minutes later the first woman approached the finish line fans stood up expecting to see famed Canadian runner Jacqueline Garo instead. They saw an unknown runner that not even the most obsessive running expert recognized it was Rosie Ruiz. A twenty six year old administrative assistant from New York running in her second ever marathon. Ruis looked exhausted her arms flailing wildly as if she was swimming her way to the finish line when Ruiz crossed the finish line. The led timer listed her time as two hours. Thirty one minutes and fifty six seconds. She hadn't just won the race. She'd also set the fastest women's Marathon in American history. Ruis grimace and smiled. As she finished the race she had seemingly accomplished the impossible coming out of nowhere to win. The most celebrated long distance running event in the world. But it was all a lie. Rosie Ruiz hadn't set a record time. She hadn't even run the race. Welcome to sports. Criminals Park has original every week. We dive into the dark side of sports history and look at athletes who not only broke the law but broke the rules and covenants of their sport will also uncover how their actions impacted the history of the sport they played. I'm Tim Johnson. And I'm Corduroy. You can find episodes of sports criminals. And all of their par- cast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to PODCASTS TO STREAM. Sports criminals for free on spotify. Just open the APP anti sports criminals in the search bar at podcast. We're grateful for you our listeners. You allow us to do what we love. But it's no how we're doing reach out on facebook and Instagram at podcast in twitter at podcast network today we're discussing. Rosie Ruiz who came out of nowhere to win the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon. Only for it to be revealed later that she won the race by cheating this week will explore Ruiz's beginnings and how? She lied to win the Boston. Marathon next week will cover the fallout of the marathon. And how his life changed. Afterwards Rosie Ruiz's early life is shrouded in mystery. What's known as that? She was born in Havana Cuba on June. Twenty First Nineteen fifty three when she was eight years old she and her mother moved to Miami Florida. Miami felt like an entirely new and alien world to younger. We's she was overwhelmed and isolated living in a new country and city surrounded by a language. She didn't speak. She started running both as a way to escape her anxiety in as a way to come to terms with her new surroundings sometime later she was separated from her mother and sent to Hollywood Florida to live with her aunts and uncles again. She took to running to cope. She began running cross country in high school but had to stop when she suffered a knee injury that required surgery even running. The one thing she clung to was taken away from her. After high school she left Florida to study music at Wayne. State College in Nebraska. It was another new world for her but she learned to adapt one year into her college career. Reza's life was thrown for a loop. When she was involved in a serious car crash. She suffered a blow to the head in the accident. It left her with. Chronic severe headaches and occasional blackouts these lingered far longer than could be explained by the crash so in late. Nineteen seventy three. She flew back to Miami where doctors could examiner after a battery of tests. They found the cause of headaches a tumor the size of Tangerine embedded in her skull. Shockingly the doctors told her that the tumor had been there since she was born at Twenty Years. Old Ruis underwent brain surgery to remove the mass. Luckily the growth turned out to be benign in nineteen seventy seven after graduating from college. Roy's decided not to return to Miami instead. She threw herself into yet another new city. The Big Apple at this point relieves was comfortable with constant moves in new surroundings and even liked it. She moved into a high rise apartment near Times Square with two roommates and got a job as an administrative assistant for a metal trading company but shortly after she moved to New York. She had her first brush with the law in late. Nineteen seventy seven release allegedly stole credit cards from an acquaintance apartment in racked up. Fifteen hundred dollars in false charges the acquaintance lodged a complaint with the NYPD but Ruiz paid restitution and the charges were dropped compounding. Her legal issues were continuing health issues. In September of nineteen seventy eight Ruiz's doctors discovered a small defect Inter Skull Leftover from the first brain surgery. She needed another operation. So a plastic plate could be inserted in her skull throughout her life. Ruiz had turned to running to cope with their problems. So in February nineteen seventy nine when she finally felt physically well. Enough twenty-four-year-old Rosie. Ruiz once again began running. She managed to log a hundred miles a week either running through central park or by training on an exercise bike in her apartment after a few months running. Ruiz decided she was ready to put herself to the test. She wanted to run a marathon. A marathon is a grueling long distance. Run of twenty six miles and three hundred eighty five yards. It takes its name. Inspiration from the legend of Philipe vs. Who In four ninety? Bc ran from the battle of marathon to the city of Athens to announce the Greeks victory over the Persians. The distance between those two points about twenty six miles became the basis of the modern marathon. The sport was invented for the first Olympic Games in April eighteen. Ninety six in Athens Greece by the Mid Twentieth Century completing a marathon had become one of the most prestigious feats an athlete could accomplish and Rosie ries wanted to prove herself an accomplished athlete. It was a huge jump for her while she had been taking running seriously. Ruis was not an experienced long distance runner. She'd likely never run anything close to marathon length but she was determined to try. Ruis tried to fill out an application for the New York marathon but discovered that the deadline had passed. She contacted the marathon's organizers and ask for special dispensation claiming she was dying of brain cancer convinced by her story. The marathon's organizers allowed her to turn in the application late on the application Ruis listed her expected finishing time as just over four hours about average for marathon and a very respectable time for a first time runner. On the morning of October Twenty First Nineteen seventy-nine Ruis arrived at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island to compete in the New York City Marathon. It was the largest New York marathon since the event's inception in nineteen seventy with eleven thousand five hundred thirty three runners including forty-six hundred first timers like ruis an estimated crowd of two point. Five million spectators gathered along the race route to cheer the runners on Res Checked in at Fort Wadsworth received a number and took her place waiting among the massive crowd of runners at nine. Am The starting cannon fired. The race was on to give herself out. Ruis asked her roommate to meet her eight miles into the race to check if she wanted to drop out. When Ruis reached the eight mile mark she looked up and saw her roommate waving her from the crowd. Ruis shook her head telling her roommate that she felt good and was going to finish. She was not going to quit somewhere near the ten mile. Mark near Nineteenth Street in Brooklyn or we had a change of heart either due to injury or due to exhaustion. She walked off the course and left the race. That didn't mean she had given up on her goal of finishing however far from it. She had just decided to take a little shortcut. Ruiz descended into the subway system. And got onto the one train. Going North into Manhattan. She took a seat and kept her head down trying not to draw any attention to herself with thousands of people participating in the New York Marathon. It wouldn't have seemed that unusual to see a runner on a train. After a few stops release felt more comfortable and struck up a conversation with a woman named Susan Morrow who was sitting next to her as it turned out the two of them were going to the same place. The marathon's finish line in central park. Ruiz told tomorrow that she twisted her ankle at the ten mile mark of the marathon but wanted to cheer on the other runners at the end of the race. Moro was headed to see her friend. Crossed the finish line ruis and her new friend got off the subway at Columbus Circle and made their way into central park. Rees was noticeably limping and would occasionally lean on Morro shoulders. They pushed through the crowd and police barricades to get to the finish line as they made their way through. The crowd. Ruis grabbed a can of juice and poured it over her head. Moro thought that was odd but reason that it was a quirky runners. Habit when the two of them reached the final barricade. Ruiz declared herself an injured runner and was helped into the medical tent. Then are we told the medical staff at the marathon that she'd already completed the race. They credited her a time of two hours. Fifty six minutes and twenty nine seconds ranking her twenty third place among all women that time also qualified her for the Boston Marathon one of the most famous and celebrated running events in the world after briefly receiving treatment on her ankle. Ruis emerged from the medical tent and found Moro. They exchanged contact information. Andrew we suggested the two could have lunch the next week then. Ruiz disappeared into the crowd. Loved everything about the marathon the thrill of the racist beginning the Camaraderie with other runners and the victory of finishing the only part she didn't like was having to actually run all twenty six miles but she had seemingly found a way around that when she returned to work. The following Monday release received a hero's welcome. Her coworkers were shocked and impressed by her achievement and res Soaked in the attention her boss who also happen to be. A runner was particularly impressed after finding out that her time qualified her for the Boston marathon he generously offered to pay for a weekend trip to compete in April her. We graciously accepted but despite her supposed successes all is not well for Rosie Ruiz in the days and weeks following her surprisingly strong finish in the New York Marathon. She began to feel increasingly nervous. Her fraudulent act hadn't just impressed her roommates and friends. It had also created expectations among her co workers and her boss but now had to be met. She couldn't risk letting them all down even worse if she performed badly in Boston she'd risked revealing that her New York Marathon. Finish with a lie so she trained with the intention of running the full race in addition to wanting to prove herself rees also knew that her cheat in. Newark wasn't guaranteed to work in Boston. Which was a more prestigious race with greater media attention and scrutiny in the five months between the New York Marathon and the Boston Marathon? Ruis ran as much as she could. Outside of work as the race approached in the spring of one thousand nine hundred eighty however rees likely knew she wasn't ready. The truth was she wouldn't be able to legitimately come close to the two hours fifty six minutes. She supposedly accomplished in New York and it was even more likely that she wouldn't be able to finish the race at all but she couldn't quit. She had to see it through on April twentieth. Nineteen eighty the night before the marathon. Ruiz called her mother in Miami. She asked her mother to pray for her and said that she needed to win. Her mother applied that she always prayed for the next morning. Rees left her hotel and walk to the starting area of the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon. 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Her performance in New York was ally too much was at stake her reputation her job and possibly even the reputation of women's long distance running the Boston. Marathon was one of the first races established after the eighteen ninety six Olympics and was first held one year later on April. Nineteenth 1897 quickly established itself as one of the most respected and celebrated running events the world and remains today. The world's oldest annual marathon marathons I began. They were only open to male runners and it took nearly seventy five years for the Boston Marathon to be open to women in nineteen sixty six twenty four old. Roberta Gibbs submitted an application for the Boston marathon but was rejected by the race director. Who stated that women were physiologically incapable of running long distances? Give refuse to accept that instead. She took a bus from San Diego to Boston and hid in the bushes as the race started. After a few moments and wearing a bulky sweater she surreptitiously jumped into the crowd of runners within a few minutes. The runners around realize that Gabe was a woman gave her their support. After they told Gibbs that they wouldn't let the race organizers. Throw her out give took offer sweatshirt and revealed her gender by the end of the marathon. She was a celebrity. The Governor of Massachusetts arrived to shake her hand as she crossed the finish line. Still the race refused to allow women but give had inspired them to run it anyway. The next year twenty nine year old Katherine Switzer registered as a male to get a number and penny then finished the race. Despite race officials attempt to physically remove her from the race. Thanks to the efforts of women like give and Switzer the Amateur Athletics Union finally permitted women to running marathons in nineteen seventy two that year. Eight women started the race and all finished by the time Rosie. Ruiz arrived in Boston in one. Thousand nine hundred eighty. The number of women running had risen to four hundred fifty six still a fraction compared to the five thousand male runners when Rosie ries woke up on the morning of April twenty first nineteen eighty. She may have intended on running the race legitimately despite her lies about finishing in the New York Marathon. She might have still been conflicted about doing the same in Boston and may have wanted to prove to herself that she could run the entire race but cheating was always an option. The weather was warm that morning when Rosie Ruiz left her hotel. She took the train to the suburb of. Hopkinton where she met. Four hundred and fifty five other women and over five thousand men at the starting line of the marathon. She received the official number W fifty signifying that. She was the fiftieth ranked woman in the race. Thanks to her supposed finish in New York Jacqueline Guerrero. A Canadian runner was the favourite to win the women's race. She'd won the National Capital Marathon Ottawa. The year before and many of the spectators in Boston that day were there to see if Garo could win another Gero stiffest competition was with American Patti. Lyons who came in second in the New York Marathon. Twenty six year old. Rosie Ruis was not on anyone to radar despite her high rank and her strong finish in New York but ruis was there to win and was willing to do whatever it took to achieve. First place the starting gun was fired. Fans cheered as Rosy Ruis and a five thousand other runners set off on the twenty six mile journey shoulder to shoulder in a massive swarm. It wasn't long before her legs and feet to tire. Her breathing became more labored. Deep down understood that Oliver Training hadn't truly prepared her for a full marathon. She was never going to finish all twenty six miles not long into the race. Release had a momentous decision to make. She could admit her own shortcomings and quit but she thought about the consequences. She might face what would happen if her boss who paid for her to run in the Boston. Marathon found out. She hadn't even made it half way. The other option was to cheat sheet. Already gotten away with the New York and believes she could easily get away with it again so she made her decision. She turned in abruptly. Jog off the race route. Just like she had in New York for we took a shortcut after exiting the race release found a quiet place to wait for an hour staying as far away from view. She could when enough time had passed to make her finishing time believable. She made her way to the nearest train station and took the hour long train. Ride to Kenmore Square and Bruins is more careful than she'd been in New York. She kept to herself and didn't strike up a conversation with anyone as she boarded the Green Line train. The train was crowded and releases heart pounded as it crawled toward Boston. Desperately hoping that no one would make eye contact and ask her about the marathon number on her shirt. No one did ruis made it to Boston. Without being noticed. When Ruiz reached her destination she left the train and headed for the finish line slipping through the busy crowd where we started running as she approached the race. Just over two hours after the race began rosie. Ruiz emerged from the crowd of cheering spectators and seamlessly merged with the marathon runners. She glanced behind her then to her left and right none of the spectators nor any of the other runners seemed to recognize that anything was a myth. However we's had rejoined the race far ahead of any other female runners. It's possible that she simply missed judged her jump into the marathon however it's also possible that like she told her mother she felt as though she needed to win and and tried her best to do exactly that after jumping onto the course ruis reportedly ran the last mile of the race. She built up enough sweat to look convincing enough to most spectators and the enthusiastic crowd cheered her on as she stumbled past the finish line. Exactly two hours thirty one minutes and fifty six seconds after the race began rosie. Ruiz had fought her way through car. Crashes Brain surgeries and numerous personal problems to win the most prestigious running event in the world. It was no longer Rosie ries administrative assistant. She was now Rosie Ruis Boston marathon champion after crossing the finish line released put on a good show and played. The part of a marathon runner exhausted looking. She nearly collapsed into the arms of two police officers. Photographers and TV. Cameramen FOCUS THEIR LENSES. On the victorious. Ruis as she limped with the officers help away from the finish line. Other runners congratulated Ruiz as she passed which she acknowledged with a smile. Ruis made it to the victory stand where race officials congratulated her and placed a laurel wreath on her head suddenly energetic ruis wave to the crowd in beamed taking in all the attention. She had gotten away with her lie. Rosie Ruis had become in the blink of an eye a famed marathon champion. Three minutes after Rosie. Ruiz Finished Jacqueline. Gareau cross the finish line and was met with a polite cheer from the crowd. Caro- immediately noticed that the cheers weren't as loud as she expected. She looked up to the winner. Stand and saw Rosie Ruiz with a wreath and a metal and was confused. She hadn't seen her we's at any point in the entire race. Garo finished with a time of two hours. Thirty four minutes and twenty eight seconds. A new personal best but there was no fanfare or Laurel Wreath for her no prize for second place. We had beaten the women's record by nearly three minutes on the victory. Stage Rosie Ries took place alongside men's winner bill. Rogers Rogers took one look at release and furrowed his brow. He expected to be standing alongside. Jacqueline Guerrero enro- the first words Rogers said to Ruiz were simply. Who are you as Ruis? Innocently introduced herself. Rogers took a closer look at her and quickly realized that something was fishy. Ruis was wearing a thick shirt with sleeves. Despite the fact that all elite long distance runners preferred thin sleeveless shirts even stranger. There were no sweat stains on her uniform. She didn't seem nearly as exhausted as Rogers knew she would be after finishing a marathon on top of all that we simply didn't physically look like she was in shape to be a marathon runner however it was too late to stop the celebrations Massachusetts Governor. Edward King shook ruis and Rogers hands as he awarded them their medals and congratulated them on their victories as the two winners stood together on the podium. Rogers made small talk with Ruiz. He asked her what her splits where and was met with a blank stare for. We didn't know that splits were harassed time divided into smaller parts that confirmed it for Rogers. She definitely hadn't run the race. Rogers the race organizers and members of the press. Were beginning to realize what had happened but ruis for the moment was victorious. She was on top of the world down in the crowd. Bill Rodgers brother. Charlie watched and begin to feel physically. Ill He also realized that Ruiz's didn't look like a marathon runner and that there must have been a mistake as the medal ceremony concluded. Charlie set off to find a race official to tell them of his suspicions within five minutes of visas victory. The organizers of the marathon knew something had gone terribly wrong when we come back Rosie. Ruiz faces serious questions about her shocking marathon. Victory now back to the story on April Twenty First Nineteen Eighty Twenty six year old administrative assistant rosier. We's came out of nowhere to win the Boston Marathon. It was a great story. An amateur runner with only one other race tour name. Who beat the odds to win the marathon? It seemed too good to be true because it was rosie. Ruiz hadn't run the marathon at all she had cheated. Suspicion started to mount immediately after we cross the Finish Line. It started with a male winner. Bill Rodgers who could sense? That hadn't run twenty six miles a few minutes. After Ruiz was given her medal she was pulled into a television interview. With Catherine Switzer. Who had run the marathon in nineteen sixty seven by registering as a man? Switzer introduced released to the world as the winner of the marathon in possibly a new American women's running record holder. First Switzer ash-trees. How many marathons she'd run before. Ruis responded that this was her second after the New York Marathon. Only a few months before with a time of two hours. Fifty six minutes Switzer asked what Ruiz's attributed her twenty minute improvement to between pauses to sneeze and cough. We simply said she didn't know like bill. Rogers Switzer began to feel doubt so she tried to take deeper. She asked Ruiz if she'd been training with a lot of heavy intervals. Workouts designed to increase speed ruis laughing replied that she didn't even know what intervals were. Switzer's unease was evident in her expression when she ended the interview noting that Ruiz was a mystery woman who seemingly evaded all of the marathons checkpoints on her way to victory by the time. The two winners were brought in front of a group of reporters for a news. Conference that confusion over releases out of nowhere. Victory had turned into suspicion. Reporters followed Switzer's lead and peppered Ruis questions releases answer is left the reporters more skeptical than they'd been before. She said she'd only been running long distances for a year and a half didn't have a coach or advisor and didn't know what time splits were to explain why she didn't seem tired after running an entire marathon. Ruiz said she'd gotten up with a lot of energy that morning. When asked how it was possible that no other female runner had spotted her during the race. She offered three explanations. I she had passed herself off of the men seconds. She was so new to the sport that no one knew who she was and finally her short hair must've made the other runners assumes he was male the reporters were now certain that something was wrong with Rosie Ruis Inter victory by the time the final marathon runner crossed the finish line. Just over an hour. After Ruiz's finish rumors and speculation were spreading rapidly. Adding fuel to the fire were comments from Jacqueline Guiraud and Patty Lions stating that. Neither of them saw any woman pass them during the race. After the press conference Bill Rodgers went right to the Boston Marathon. Race director will clooney and told him that there was no way. Ruis had run the race. Clooney knew he had to handle the situation carefully. He was concerned about the effect cheating scandal might have on the reputation of the Boston Marathon. A few hours after the race clooney met with Rosie Ruiz at her hotel so she could tell her side of the story or we brought along her friend. Steve Merrick the president of a running club join the week before the marathon. Who claimed he could vouch for? Release Ruis defiantly maintained that she ran the whole race and won it fair and square merrick backed up Ruiz's story as much as he could specifically noting that he saw her at the starting line in Hopkinton however neither America nor anyone else saw release at any other point in the race. Clooney left the hotel that night. Unsure of the truth release was convincing but so is Rogers. Only one thing was clear. The Boston marathon was now embroiled in a major controversy and it was up to Clooney in the Boston Athletic Association to find out what really happened while cloney began investigating the marathon winners. Victory Lap continued normally early the next morning on April Twenty Second Nineteen Eighty Rosie. Ruiz and Bill Rodgers were brought to the set of a local. Tv show called good day live to be interviewed about their wins. Rogers uneasiness about Ruis had overtaken his own personal satisfaction about winning the race. He wasn't just concerned. That Jacqueline Guiraud had been cheated out of a metal. Like Wilk Loni. He was worried about the effect scandal. Like this might have on the sport as a whole before going onto the set. Rogers pulled me aside and privately delivered a stern warning. He told her that if anything had gone wrong during the marathon she needed to admit it as soon as possible where we hesitated tears appeared at the corners of her eyes for a split second. Rogers believed that Ruiz was going to confess instead. Release shook her head and crying. Repeatedly stated that she'd won legitimately Rogers decided to let it go for the moment and the two went ahead with the TV appearance by the time of their TV interview. The whispers about Ruiz at grown ladder and suspicion escalated the TV host citing an article written by a running expert in the New York. Post asked both Ruis Ann Rogers about the reported belief that improvement from the New York. Marathon to Boston was physically impossible. Rogers answered diplomatically. Saying that while improvement is possible. He couldn't conceive of a twenty minute improvement. He then said that Ruis would need to resolve. These questions. Ruis herself remained quiet outside the TV studio. The controversy only mounted that morning race director will clooney announced that he had opened an investigation into the allegations against Rosier we's it wouldn't be an easy or straightforward task to determine whether rosaries cheated the Boston Marathon. Didn't record the times of every individual runner as they reached one of the races. Numerous checkpoints instead. The marathon only recorded the numbers of the first one hundred runners at each checkpoint since the first one hundred runners were all male. None of the women's times were recorded at any checkpoint. Instead of relying on checkpoint evidence Clooney would need to closely review recordings of the TV broadcast in eyewitness testimony a team of experts including Katherine Switzer reviewed three sets of video from the race and couldn't identify Rosie Ruiz on any of them nor could they find Ruis on one of the informal lists the top five women runners at any point in the race has the scrutiny intensified Rosie. Ruiz returned home to New York City but she couldn't escape the controversy. The press was beginning to hound. Her now explicitly questioning the validity of her picked. The questions only got louder as the story grew into a nationwide scandal. The concerns led the New York marathon to open their own investigation. Internal wheezes twenty third place finish reporters dug into Rosie Ruiz's life story traveling to Miami and Nebraska searching for clues. They didn't find much. Though classmates. At Wayne State College did remember that. Ruis was an avid jogger. Her we sought refuge in her apartment from the constant media. Attention but dog had reporters still followed some even resorted to sneaking past the building security guards to go directly to Ruiz's door eventually released into roommates abandoned the apartment and move somewhere secret their hunker down and try to ride out the storm with the constant media attention and the looming threat of disqualification release. Felt as though she were living in a nightmare throughout every interaction with her roommate's friends or reporters who manage to track her down Ruis never wavered. She stuck to her story. She had run the entire race. Meanwhile investigations continued in both Boston in New York to determine if she was lying in Boston officials and reporters interviewed the runners who've finished next her. We's none of them saw her. During the race in New York officials reviewed videotape of every runner. That crossed the finish line and couldn't find Ruis. None of the mounting circumstantial evidence was enough. However for Boston Marathon Director Wilk Loni to disqualify Rosie Ruis with so much attention on the marathon and the investigation. He felt as though he needed beyond the shadow of a doubt he needed something. More concrete like clear eyewitness testimony. John Faulkner Harvard Senior was jogging by the marathon with his friend. On April twenty. First as they went past the crowd at Kenmore Square they witnessed a woman in a yellow shirt running. Strangely through the crowd she entered the race in its final mile. Faulkner didn't think much of it at the time. Assuming that someone would stop her realize she jumped into the race. The next morning faulkner opened his copy of the Boston Globe and saw photograph of Rosie Ruiz on the front page announcing her as the winner of the marathon. It was the same woman he saw jump into the race. Faulkner initially didn't want to involve himself but after cajoling from his roommates he finally agreed to call the Boston Globe and tell a reporter he'd seen meanwhile in New York another eyewitness reached out. Susan Moro the woman who had befriended Ruis during the New York. Marathon was watching the news when report about the Boston. Marathon came on. Moreo immediately recognized the marathon winner as the same woman. She'd met on the subway as the news. Report continued covering the controversy around Ruiz's. Finish moral began to feel nervous. She didn't know what to do. After some deliberation moral decided to contact the New York Times the next day on Wednesday April twenty third. The Boston Globe published John faulkners eyewitness account early that morning. Reporters News vans arrived at Harvard eager to interview him that night. The New York Marathon director told reporters that he didn't believe Ruis could even run one mile at the pace. She claimed to have run entire marathon with evidence against term mounting Rosie. Ruiz called a press conference the next day. Her only ally. Steve Merrick stood beside her and warned reporters ahead of time that he'd end the press conference if it turned into a carnival. Susan Morrow attended the press conference at the invitation of New York Times reporter. The reporter asked Mario. Ruiz was the woman she'd seen riding the subway during the New York. Marathon Monroe said without question. It was the same woman as cameras snapped Rosie. Ruiz stood in front of a skeptical crowd of reporters. Despite Merrick's warning the reporters were noisy and hostile given the published accounts of John Faulkner. Many of the reporters expected release to confess admit that she cheated and end the entire controversy instead with slight smirk on her face. Rosie Ruis once again insisted that she'd run the race. Moreover she blamed the media for the controversy claiming their coverage was unfair and that any unknown runner. Who won the marathon would be subjected to the same scrutiny and skepticism that she was although Ruiz continued to vociferously denied the allegations of cheating. The tide was already turning against her and it wouldn't be long before her entire house of cards came tumbling down. Thanks again for listening to sports criminals. We'll be back next week with part two of Rosie Reza's story. We'll see how her story eventually crumbled. Our life was affected. 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