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Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1

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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. It would be the most consequential day of her entire life. When we come back Rosie Ruis takes on the Boston Marathon. It's Carter. I am happy to announce the launch of our new podcast series supernatural. With Ashley. Flowers has been a great success. It's a show where all very proud of here at podcast and we thank you for listening. If you haven't had a chance to tune in yet I definitely recommend you head over to the supernatural with Ashley Hours. Feed and start following today every Wednesday Ashley. Flowers takes on a different crime or mystery where the most fitting theory isn't always the most conventional where the deaths of two Brazilian men a result of making contact with spirits on Mars. Get closer to the truth than ever before. Regarding the mystifying lead masks case did four friends have a highly unusual encounter during a camping trip in Maine sort through the out of this world circumstances surrounding the allegations incident. And who and what were responsible for the unexplained death of Australia's Somerton man dig deeper into the peculiar details and poetry involved in the case. Each week Ashley takes on the strange and surreal to explain some of the world's most bizarre true crime occurrences. That's already one of my favorite shows and I hope you check it out. Follow supernatural with Ashley. Flowers free on spotify. Or wherever you get your podcasts. Now Back to the story as twenty six year old Rosie. Ruiz stepped up to the starting line of the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon. She felt a huge amount of pressure to perform. Not only did she feel a personal pressure to replicate her supposedly great finish in the one thousand nine hundred seventy nine New York marathon but she also felt as though she was carrying the burden of the women who came before her. She couldn't let herself do significantly worse in Boston. Let alone fail to finish and risk revealing that. 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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Rosie Ruiz Pt. 2

Sports Criminals

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Rosie Ruiz Pt. 2

"November nineteen eighty-three to inconspicuous women sat waiting in the lobby of the Miami Airport Marriott. Despite their innocuous appearance the two women weren't there to enjoy a vacation in south beach. They were there to complete a drug deal. The two women had fifty two thousand dollars worth of cocaine stuffed into their handbags and access to far more along with a third accomplice Rosie Ruis. They formed a small-scale all women cocaine operation and they were about to complete one of the biggest sales of their brief drug dealing career. The buyer arrived at the hotel greeted the two women and invited them up to his room. So they could speak more discreetly. Once in private the women showed the buyer. The drugs in negotiations began. The buyer was happy with what they had but wanted more a lot more. He wanted to buy two kilograms of cocaine which had a street value of nearly half a million dollars. The women eagerly agreed they could easily get two kilograms worth they seal the deal with a handshake once. An agreement was in place. The buyer offered them as sympathetic smile before informing the women that they were under arrest. He was an undercover cop. Entire drug deal was a set-up seventy miles away ruis sat by the phone impatient. It had been too long since her friends made contact. Something must have gone wrong. Just as Ruis was beginning to panic. She received a call from one of her accomplices. They'd been arrested and the cops were coming for a we's two. She had moved back to Florida to get her life back together but it was all suddenly at risk of falling apart yet again. Released didn't know whether to turn herself into the police. Wait it out or flee. Only one thing was for sure. Ruis was a long way away from the Boston. Marathon victory podium. Welcome to sports criminals. Apar- cast 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 Roy. You can find episodes of sports criminals and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts to stream. Sports criminals for free on spotify. Just open the APP and type sports criminals in the search bar podcast. We're grateful for you our listeners. You allow us to do it we love. Let us know how. We're doing retail on facebook and instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network. This is our second episode on Rosie Ruiz. Who came out of nowhere to win the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon? Only for it to be revealed that she won the race by cheating last week. We explored Ruiz's beginnings and how few white lies allowed her to win the Boston Marathon. This week will cover the fallout of the cheating scandal and how? Ruiz struggled to get her life together afterward on Monday. April Twenty First Nineteen Eighty Twenty six-year-old administrative assistant. Rosier wees won the Boston Marathon. One of the oldest and most prestigious running competitions in the world. Not only did she plays I. She said a new American marathon record for women in the process in only her second ever marathon run ruis beat out established runners impasse champions to win the race. Other runners and reporters were shocked as they watched res take her place on the winner stage and receive a gold medal. But the truth was that Rosie. Ruiz hadn't run the race at all. She cheated a shortcut and lied on her way to victory. Her story hadn't been quite convincing enough. It wasn't long before everyone around. Her became skeptical of her accomplishment. The male winner Bill Rodgers could tell instantly that Rosie Ruiz hadn't run the race and told the race director suspicions reporter and former marathon runner Katherine Switzer felt the same way especially after interviewing her. We's and discovering that the supposed winner had nearly no knowledge of running technique in response to the accusation. The Boston Athletic Association began investigation into Ruiz. Piling on the New York marathon launched their own inquiry into releases. Twenty Third Place. Finish five months earlier on. Wednesday April twenty third two days after the marathon. The suspicion erupted into a full blown scandal to Harvard. Students revealed that they saw ruis jump into the race in its last mile. The day after newspapers published the Harvard Students Eyewitness Account Public opinion quickly turned on Ruis. Reputation was in free fall later that same day. Another eyewitness came forward. Susan Moro manhattan-based clothing designer who had ridden the subway with rosier ways to the finish line of the New York Marathon. More conclusively identified Ruis as the woman she'd seen on the subway even her closest ally local running club. President Steve Merrick remarked to reporters that he wasn't sure if Ruis had fully run either. The New York or Boston Marathons damagingly. Merrick also added that if it was proven. That breeze didn't run the New York race than there was no way she ran the one in Boston Rosie. Ruiz was running out of allies yet. Despite his own public doubts still agreed to help release because no one else would. The two of them held another press conference on April. Twenty fourth to address the new allegations ruis angrily faced down a crowd of skeptical reporters and once again denied the cheated. She declared that she would ultimately be proven. Innocent and at the skepticism was only based around the fact that she was an unknown if no one remembered her racing alongside them it was simply because they didn't recognize her going further. Ruiz took the opportunity to blast the treatment that she and other women runners faced in terms of race organization and press coverage. She also argued that whether proven guilty or not. The controversy around her marathon win might have the effect of increasing coverage of female runners. In general as the reporter's questions in volume tears ran down. Ruiz's face Steve Merrick placed his hand on her shoulder as she grip the podium shakily and lamented the fact that she was only able to enjoy her own marathon victory for a moment before the controversy began ruis is emotional breakdown was met with further skepticism from reporters and derision from other runners who had little sympathy for cheater even as she passionately defended herself things. Were getting worse for Ruis. Although the investigation was still not yet complete the New York marathon race organizer Fred. Lebeau told reporters that he was convinced that Rosie Ruiz had not run either marathon. A decision on her disqualification was imminent. The Boston Athletic Association announced that a decision on Ruiz's victory would be handed down by the end of the week. All signs pointed to the victory being voided. Jacqueline Gero famed Canadian runner and second-place Finisher in the Boston. Marathon flew back down from Canada to Massachusetts on Thursday. She expected to be retroactively crowned. The marathon winner on Friday and was scheduled celebrate Tori interview on local TV that night race director will colonie had a decision to make. Investigation was entirely in his hands while he felt as though he had enough evidence to convincingly. Say That we're we didn't run the race. It wasn't quite as conclusive as he would've liked drawing from his past career as a military lawyer. Clooney didn't feel comfortable with a case. That wasn't a slam dunk so he decided to hold off on presenting the evidence to the Board of Governors of the Boston Athletic Association until he had a report from the official race photographers who were pouring over. Tens of thousands of race photographs. If by some bizarre circumstance released actually had run the race. The report from the photographers might finally offer some evidence of that. If she hadn't their report would be the final nail in the coffin against her late on Thursday night New York Marathon race director. Fred Lebeau called cloney and offered to take him off the hook by first disqualifying release from the New York. Grace being disqualified from New York would retroactively maker. We's ineligible to run in Boston. Thus taking away the victory without cloning needing to prove that she had cheated cloney refused the New York directors offer. He wanted to have conclusive proof and make a strong decision for the good of the race and the sport early Friday morning. Clooney announced that no decision would come until Monday. A frustrated and angry Jacqueline Garo once again flew back to Canada to replace her in the studio the local. Tv Channel invited Rosie. Louise once again released Garros rightful place in the spotlight. A hopeful Rosie. Ruiz travel back to Boston on Friday morning. With Steve Merrick. Still at her side Clooney's announcement had given her a sense of optimism. She hadn't felt since winning the race itself. It was possible that she'd be exonerated and her victory could stand in front of the Bright Studio Lights and TV CAMERAS. Ruiz's once again pleaded her case she casually offered to take a lie detector test though she also hedged her beds by saying polygraph wouldn't prove anything concrete one of the TV hosts asked Ruiz's directly if she truly thought she actually ran the race or if she had any doubts Ruiz's confidently answered that she had no doubts. She didn't announced that she would prove her own running ability by participating in a ten K. In New York City three months later in July organized by Steve Merrick on Friday night news came in from New York City. The director of the New York Marathon announced that thorough examination of the video evidence concluded that Ruis had not run the marathon. Victory was therefore officially voided while the voided finish in New York technically disqualified Ruiz from the Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association made no official announcement. Either way on Friday night. This was an unprecedented situation. And there were no strict disqualification rules between the New York and Boston marathons. Steve merrick returned to New York leaving release alone in Boston. She stayed alone in her hotel room through the weekend. Anxiously awaiting a ruling from the Boston Athletic Association on Sunday. Will Colonie received his report from the official race photographers. They had examined over ten thousand photographs taken at a checkpoint a mile before the finish line and discovered no evidence that Ruis ever passed it. It was the nail in the coffin. He needed on Monday morning. Ruis received a phone call from. Clooney wanted to meet her a second time. This time he came bearing news. It was time for Rosie Ruis to face the music when we come back the investigations of Rosier. We's come to a close. Hi It's Carter. I am happy to announce that the launch of our new podcast series supernatural with Ashley. Flowers has been a great success. It's a show where all very proud of here at park guest and we thank you for listening. If you haven't had a chance to tune in yet I definitely recommend you head over to the supernatural with Ashley. Fires Feed and start following today every Wednesday? Actually flowers takes on a different crime or mystery where the most fitting theory isn't always the most conventional where the deaths of two Brazilian men a result of making contact with spirits on Mars. Get closer to the truth than ever before. Regarding the mystifying lead masks case did four friends have a highly unusual encounter during a camping trip in Maine sort through the out of this world circumstances surrounding the allegations incident. And who and what were responsible for the unexplained death of Australia's Somerton man dig deeper into the peculiar details and poetry involved in the case. Each week Ashley takes on the strange and surreal to explain some of the world's most bizarre true crime occurrences already one of my favorite shows. And I hope you check it out. Follow supernatural with Ashley. Flowers free on spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Now back to the story It had only been one week since twenty six year. Old Rosie Ruis had shocked the world by winning the Boston Marathon but those seven days had felt like a lifetime to rees who faced immediate scrutiny from reporters fans and other runners who believed correctly that Ruis had cheated on the evening of April Twenty Eighth Nineteen Eighty. Ruis met with Boston Marathon. Race director will clooney at her hotel. Clooney told Ruis that he was ready to bring evidence to the Board of Governors for vote on her victory. He didn't mince words they would likely vote to disqualify her in named Jaclyn Guerrero. The winner Ruis reportedly sobbed Colonie. Felt sorry for her and tried to be comforting as he delivered the bad news. Despite all the facts against her ruis still wouldn't admit she cheated. He gave her one last chance to provide any evidence that would support her story. She gave me the information of one other male runner whom she said could vouch for her. Cloning knew who the male runner was. He was the overall tenth place finisher finishing the race. One hundred thirty places earlier than Ruiz. He wouldn't have been physically near her at any point during the marathon as kindly as he could only told her. We's that this final defends wouldn't help her. She was or realized there was no way she could stop the inevitable. On Wednesday April thirtieth will clooney held a press conference in downtown Boston. He announced the Board of Governors had voted unanimously to strip Rosie Ruiz for Boston marathon when he stated that the evidence showed beyond a reasonable doubt that released did not run the entire race. Seated to Kony's right was a jet-lagged Jacqueline Garo. Who had yet again made the trip to Boston this time. She was finally given what she earned nine days before the title of Boston. Marathon champion Clooney placed the Laurel Wreath on Garros. Head as members of the press clapped. Gero smiled hand. Gave A half-hearted fist pump to celebrate her late victory back in New York Rosie. Ruiz delivered a downtrodden statement to reporters once again weekly claiming that she'd been wrongly disqualified and that one day she would prove it with the investigation overhand scandal winding down will cloney traveled to New York to meet with Ruis a third and final time at her apartment. She continued arguing that she'd run the race but clooney stopped her. She already been disqualified. There was no more need for release to defend herself. He was there to simply offer an olive branch. He invited her to run the Boston marathon again. In nineteen eighty-one maybe a year. She could prove that she really was the elite runners. She claimed to be clowney. Did ask for one thing. He wanted ruas metal back to awarded to the rightful winner. A devastated Ruis refused. She repeated that she'd run the race and earn that medal. Cloning was shocked. Despite all that had been revealed. Ruiz truly believed it was rightfully hers. Not wanting to force more conflict cloney. Let her keep it. Ruins return to work later that week hoping that the controversy was over and she could move on with their life instead. Her boss called her into his office. He betrayed it's supported. Ruis paid for her trip to Boston and even defended her to the press now. She proven herself a liar. Those reasons ruis was fired in less than two weeks misfortune rosie. Ruiz had lost everything her marathon win her job and her reputation wherever she went in. New York City. She was reminded of her own failures. Almost instantly joke t shirts for the Rosie. Ruiz Fan club decorated with subway. Tokens became popular in New York and Boston. Her name became synonymous with cheating to pull a rosier. We's entered the cultural lexicon. Ruis tried to ignore it as best. She could an polar life back together. She got a job as a bookkeeper at Richard Stevens. Inc Manhattan based Real Estate Firm and stayed out of the Public. I in the winter of nineteen eighty eight months after her disqualification Steve Merrick visited release to catch up and check in on her. Their conversation drifted to the events of the Boston. Marathon merrick remarked flat out that for we's clearly didn't run the marathon much to his surprise. She didn't defend herself instead. She simply replied that. She didn't need to tell the truth because he already knew according to Merrick or we told that she never intended to win the marathon. She'd only wanted to finish with good enough time to impress her boss. And Co workers back in New York. She'd simply failed to notice that the first woman hadn't crossed the finish line yet jumped into the race too early a year later. The nineteen eighty one Boston. Marathon was held without incident and Rosie Ruis was nowhere to be seen. She didn't take will clooney up on his offer to run again. In fact Ruis never again competed in an organized race. Her career as a long distance runner was behind her career as a liar however was far from over as released. Got Her life back on track. She still felt the inexorable poll towards ethically problematic behavior some reporters viewed reasons behavior as sociopathic. She didn't follow the rules because she didn't really see them through. Some combination of intelligence charisma and ambition. Res Always felt like she could get away with anything. Her new job offered her new opportunities to take advantage of Rosero wheezes responsibilities as a bookkeeper for a real estate firm included personally dealing with the company's finances cashing checks and depositing funds tens of thousands of dollars pass through her hands. Every week wasn't long before she started skimming off the top. At first she took small amounts from the cash. She was given to deposit the bank. Eventually she stopped bothering to go to the bank. Keeping everything for herself crimes escalated. It wasn't enough to steal cash from the company she started forging checks to supplement. Her own salary or bosses at the firm didn't seem to notice that any money was missing. Sir. We is continued stealing more and more. It was as if she didn't see it as a crime like the Boston Marathon. It appeared that she saw it as taking a little shortcut to get what she deserved and like the marathon. She could have gotten away with it if she hadn't gone a little too far with her added income or we lived luxuriously. She went in an expensive apartment in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Two cabs to work instead of the subway and went skiing every weekend. She took as many sick days as possible. Some weeks barely showing up to the office. Her coworkers were astonished by her lifestyle. They couldn't figure out how she managed it on her meagre salary eventually. Her bosses wondered the same thing. They took a closer look at the worksheet. Done over the past couple of months and were shocked to discover the truth. They realized that Ruis had stolen more than fifteen thousand dollars in cash and forged over forty five thousand dollars worth of checks on April Fifth Nineteen eighty-two they alerted the police who opened a criminal investigation into Ruis two weeks later on April Nineteenth two plainclothes detectives knocked on Rosie releases apartment door when she answered the door detectives and informed her that she was being arrested for. Grand Larceny and forgery. Breeze put on a pair of large sunglasses as she was taken to the police precinct to be booked and charged as the detectives walked her to the precinct doors. Reporters pushed microphones towards her and shouted questions. Ruiz's kept her head down and said nothing. Her assets were seized. Her bank accounts frozen without any money to bail herself out. Ruiz sat in jail for a week while she awaited a resolution to her case. The evidence supplied by bosses at the real estate firm was undeniable. Ruis had no choice but to accept a plea deal. She pleaded guilty to the charges and received a sentence of time served plus five years probation after receiving her sentence. Ruiz's came to the realization that she couldn't start over yet again in New York City. She had burned too many bridges and couldn't take the media attention that's still surrounded her so she made two major life decisions in Nineteen eighty-three i. She would never talk about the Boston marathon ever again second. She decided to return home to Miami Florida and live with her family. She moved down. South got her real estate agents license and always looking for a quick way to make an extra buck began selling cocaine. Ruis got to know two other women who were also looking to earn some extra income together. The women formed a small scale cocaine dealing operation or we acted as middlemen in broker. Taking the cocaine from the supplier while for partners sold it to street level dealers in November of nineteen eighty three to of releases partners went to meet a buyer in the Marriott Hotel near the Miami International Airport. The plan was to sell about fifty. Two thousand dollars worth of cocaine partners met the buyer at the airport and began negotiating. The buyer wanted more than just fifty two thousand dollars worth sir. Wheezes partners said they could get as much as he wanted the offered to Salem. Two kilograms of high-grade cocaine which had a street value of nearly half a million dollars. The buyer agreed. It was going to be a massive pay day for a week and her partners except it wasn't a drug deal at all. It was a drug bust. The buyer was an undercover cop. Andrews partners were immediately arrested and police also put out an arrest warrant for Rosie Ruis. When she heard that her partners were in custody and the police were now looking for her release had another important decision to make surrender and face criminal prosecution or run she could potentially escape back to Cuba where her estranged father still lived. After a week of deliberation Ruiz's decided that she was done running. She turned herself in and was charged with cocaine trafficking. A federal judge deemed ruis a flight risk and ordered her held without bond while they're case progressed. After spending twenty three days in jail rees was sentenced to three years probation less than a month later in January nineteen eighty-four thirty year old Rosie. Ruiz was back in a courtroom. This time to get married. Her husband Egorova Voss was a Colombian immigrant. Who arrived in Miami less than a year before with her cocaine dealing career over. Ruis went out looking for another job. Ironically she was hired by the better business bureau as an accreditation specialist this time she promised herself not to take shortcuts whenever her coworkers asked about the marathon always denied that she was the same. Rosie Ruiz who cheated her way to victory. She wanted to put the mistakes of her. Past is far behind her as possible. There was one exception to this self-imposed secrecy in February of Nineteen eighty-four release discovered Jacqueline. Guerrero was coming to Miami to run a ten K at the Orange Bowl and we couldn't help herself Rosie. Ruiz in Jacqueline Gero had been side by side and all the media coverage of the marathon controversy but had never spoken face to face ruis to finally meet the woman she cheated. When we come back Ruis meets Jacqueline Guiraud now. Back to the story by early. Nineteen eighty-four thirty year old. Rosie ries was on a path to redemption. She was out of jail at a new job and just got married. She was ready to put the past behind her. She wanted one last piece of closure she wanted to meet the woman. She cheated out the Boston Marathon. Win In nineteen eighty. Ruiz went to the Orange Bowl in Miami. On the day of a ten K race and found Jacqueline Gero stretching by the starting line ruis approached with a friendly smile and introduced herself. Kenro did not return or lease friendliness. Instead she bluntly asked Ruis y she cheated in Boston. It had been over three years but the wound was still fresh. Caro- wanted answers had no interest in telling the truth. She repeated which he'd always said she didn't cheat she ran the whole race. She'd won legitimately and she planned to run it again. Kenro was surprised and insulted by wheezes continued dishonesty and lack of remorse so she abruptly ended. The conversation shook her head and walked away. Like Jacqueline Garo. The sport of long distance running couldn't so easily move past the story of Rosie Ruiz. The we scandal was in the words of one runner. The end of the Sports Age of innocence the beloved public aspect of marathons the fact that a world famous athlete leg. Jacqueline Gero ran on the same course at the same time as an amateur like Rosie. Ruiz was now considered a flaw in the system. In the years after Rosie Releases Win The New York and Boston Marathons added significant new security measures more checkpoints. More cameras and more scrutiny. On each and every runner some marathons split runners into two separate races. One with elite competitive runners and won with amateurs eventually races also began inserting tracking chips in the runners shoes to make sure that no one could ever again. Paul a Rosie Ruiz. There were also however positive consequences of reasons actions as she predicted the nonstop news coverage of the controversy made many people pay attention to women's running. For the first time Ruiz's tainted victory may have been a loss of innocence for the sport but it also put it on the cultural map in a way that little else could female participation in the Boston marathon nearly doubled in the two years after wheezes win in nineteen eighty four or the summer games in Los Angeles. The Olympics added a women's marathon event for the first time in history. Jacqueline Garrone competed for Canada but didn't finish due to an injury in the midst of all this change that she helped create rosie. Ruiz stayed quiet in Florida. Happy to remain out of the spotlight or leases life. However remained turbulent Ruiz's relationship with her husband Vivas was rocky. The two of them fought constantly ruis later blamed their marital problems solely on political differences. She was liberal and conservative. Though there were likely other issues at play. Their marriage disintegrated the course of the next two years. In August of one thousand nine hundred five they separated and Ruis moved to West Palm Beach to live with her mother. Reza's tendency to get into trouble followed her to her new home getting her into conflicts with multiple landlords three of whom sued to evict her for breaking her lease. She bounced through a series of jobs working as a public notary and later. Starting your own cleaning service with two other women. Business only lasted a couple of years but release of course managed to take full advantage of every park. She could she even managed to live rent free at a palm beach cottage and exchange or cleaning services in one thousand nine hundred thirty five year. Old Rosie Ruis got a job at the laboratory corporation of America as a client representative. She met a woman named Margarita. Alvarez by the early nineteen nineties the two of them became romantically involved in one thousand nine hundred ninety three forty year. Old Ruis moved into Alvarez House into question Florida by the mid Nineties Rosie. Ruiz found some stability in her life. In lab core and INTO CUESTA. She finally managed to stay in one place after a lifetime of constant turbulence. She raised three sons with Margarita and beyond a handful of traffic violations remained. Mostly out of trouble. Ruis kept her Boston Marathon medal in storage because looking at it made her melancholic still every year. In mid April. She watched the race throughout the two decades following the nineteen eighty Boston marathon. Countless journalists attempted to finer weeds but none were successful in getting an interview. She kept her married name even after her. Divorce FROM ECHO VIVAS. Making it easier for her to stay hidden in one thousand nine hundred eight. A reporter from the Palm Beach Post finally managed to track her down by talking to co workers at Labcorp when Ruis heard about the reporter. She finally broke her silence including telling her co workers that she was indeed the famous. Rosie Ruiz even with her secret out. Ruis remained careful about how she interacted with reporter. She refused to meet them. In person only confirmed her identity by dropping off a reason photo at a public location or the reporter to pick up later when the reporter finally made contact over. The phone release was ready to tell her side of the story. After eighteen years as it turned out her story hadn't changed. She still claimed that she had run the whole race and deserve the medal as blame the entire controversy on politics. She said the race organizers and fans wanted the favorites like Jacqueline Guerrero to win and disqualified her because they were embarrassed that an amateur beat them also claimed that her later legal issues were the result of misunderstandings and bad luck. According to Ruis her cocaine dealing arrest was the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a type statement there were we sent to the reporter after the interview or we promised that she would run again and this time she vowed there would be no mistake about her abilities after the interview in Nineteen Ninety Eight Rosie. Ruiz successfully slipped back into anonymity. She refused to talk to anyone else about her past. She never did run again. Rosie died on July eight. Two Thousand Nineteen after ten year battle with cancer or death was only reported on after journalists recognized. Her photo in a digital obituary published quietly on the Internet. The obituary made no reference to her maiden name nor to her brief running career in the decades since the nineteen eighty Boston marathon. Jacqueline Guiraud developed empathy for the struggles that we went through and ultimately forgave her after his death Garo posted a facebook tribute calling her a great woman. Who made some mistakes? She thinks that the entire saga of Rosie ries makes a good lesson. Cheating will never give you satisfaction and it's also simply not fun. Thanks again for listening to sports criminals. We'll be back next week with a new episode. You can find all episodes of sports criminals and all other park has two originals for free on spotify. Not only does spotify already. Have all your favorite music. But now it's about advise making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite par- cast originals like sports criminals for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream. Sports criminals on spotify. Just open the APP tap browse and type sports criminals in the search bar. And don't forget to follow us on facebook and Instagram. At par cast in twitter at podcast network. We'll see an time. Sports Criminals was created by Max Cutler. 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S7: April Fooled: Rosie Ruiz Pt. 2

"November nineteen eighty-three to inconspicuous women sat waiting in the lobby of the Miami Airport Marriott. Despite their innocuous appearance the two women weren't there to enjoy a vacation in south beach. They were there to complete a drug deal. The two women had fifty two thousand dollars worth of cocaine stuffed into their handbags and access to far more along with a third accomplice Rosie Ruis. They formed a small-scale all women cocaine operation and they were about to complete one of the biggest sales of their brief drug dealing career. The buyer arrived at the hotel greeted the two women and invited them up to his room. So they could speak more discreetly. Once in private the women showed the buyer. The drugs in negotiations began. The buyer was happy with what they had but wanted more a lot more. He wanted to buy two kilograms of cocaine which had a street value of nearly half a million dollars. The women eagerly agreed they could easily get two kilograms worth they seal the deal with a handshake once. An agreement was in place the buyer offered them. He's sympathetic smile before informing the women that they were under arrest. He was an undercover cop. Entire drug deal was a set-up seventy miles away ruis sat by the phone impatient. It had been too long since her friends made contact. Something must have gone wrong. Just as Ruis was beginning to panic. She received a call from one of her accomplices. They'd been arrested and the cops were coming for a we's two. She had moved back to Florida to get her life back together but it was all suddenly at risk of falling apart yet again. Released didn't know whether to turn herself into the police. Wait it out or flee. Only one thing was for sure. Ruis was a long way away from the Boston. Marathon victory podium. Welcome to sports criminals. Apar- cast 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 Roy. You can find episodes of sports criminals and all other podcast originals for free on spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts to stream. Sports criminals for free on spotify. Just open the APP and type sports criminals in the search bar podcast. We're grateful for you our listeners. You allow us to do it we love. Let us know how. We're doing retail on facebook and instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network. This is our second episode on Rosie Ruiz. Who came out of nowhere to win the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon? Only for it to be revealed that she won the race by cheating last week. We explored Ruiz's beginnings and how few white lies allowed her to win the Boston Marathon. This week will cover the fallout of the cheating scandal and how? Ruiz struggled to get her life together afterward on Monday. April Twenty First Nineteen Eighty Twenty six-year-old administrative assistant. Rosier wees won the Boston Marathon. One of the oldest and most prestigious running competitions in the world. Not only did she plays I. She said a new American marathon record for women in the process in only her second ever marathon run ruis beat out established runners impasse champions to win the race. Other runners and reporters were shocked as they watched res take her place on the winner stage and receive a gold medal. But the truth was that Rosie. Ruiz hadn't run the race at all. She cheated a shortcut and lied on her way to victory. Her story hadn't been quite convincing enough. It wasn't long before everyone around. Her became skeptical of her accomplishment. The male winner Bill Rodgers could tell instantly that Rosie Ruiz hadn't run the race and told the race director suspicions reporter and former marathon runner Katherine Switzer felt the same way especially after interviewing her. We's and discovering that the supposed winner had nearly no knowledge of running technique in response to the accusation. The Boston Athletic Association began investigation into Ruiz. Piling on the New York marathon launched their own inquiry into releases. Twenty Third Place. Finish five months earlier on. Wednesday April twenty third two days after the marathon. The suspicion erupted into a full blown scandal to Harvard. Students revealed that they saw ruis jump into the race in its last mile. The day after newspapers published the Harvard Students I witness account public opinion quickly turned on release. Reputation was in free fall later that same day. Another eyewitness came forward. Susan Moro manhattan-based clothing designer who had ridden the subway with rosier ways to the finish line of the New York Marathon. More conclusively identified Ruis as the woman she'd seen on the subway even her closest ally local running club president. Steve remarked to reporters that he wasn't sure if Ruis had fully run either. The New York or Boston Marathons damagingly. Merrick also added that if it was proven. That breeze didn't run the New York race than there was no way she ran the one in Boston. Rosie Ruiz was running out of allies yet. Despite his own public doubts still agreed to help release because no one else would. The two of them held another press conference on April. Twenty fourth to address the new allegations ruis angrily faced down a crowd of skeptical reporters and once again denied the cheated. She declared that she would ultimately be proven. Innocent and at the skepticism was only based around the fact that she was an unknown if no one remembered her racing alongside them it was simply because they didn't recognize her going further. Ruiz took the opportunity to blast the unfair treatment that she and other women runners faced in terms of race organization and press coverage. She also argued that whether proven guilty or not. The controversy around her marathon win might have the effect of increasing coverage of female runners. In general as the reporter's questions in volume tears ran down. Ruiz's face Steve Merrick placed his hand on her shoulder as she grip the podium shakily and lamented the fact that she was only able to enjoy her own marathon victory for a moment before the controversy began ruis is emotional breakdown was met with further skepticism from reporters and derision from other runners who had little sympathy for cheater even as she passionately defended herself things. Were getting worse for Ruis. Although the investigation was still not yet complete the New York marathon race organizer Fred. Lebeau told reporters that he was convinced that Rosie Ruiz had not run either marathon. A decision on her disqualification was imminent. The Boston Athletic Association announced that a decision on Ruiz's victory would be handed down by the end of the week. All signs pointed to the victory being voided. Jacqueline Gero famed Canadian runner and second-place Finisher in the Boston. Marathon flew back down from Canada to Massachusetts on Thursday. She expected to be retroactively crowned. The marathon winner on Friday and was scheduled celebrate Tori interview on local TV that night race director will colonie had a decision to make. Investigation was entirely in his hands while he felt as though he had enough evidence to convincingly. Say That we're we didn't run the race. It wasn't quite as conclusive as he would've liked drawing from his past career as a military lawyer. Clooney didn't feel comfortable with a case. That wasn't a slam dunk so he decided to hold off on presenting the evidence to the Board of Governors of the Boston Athletic Association until he had a report from the official race photographers who were pouring over. Tens of thousands of race photographs. If by some bizarre circumstance released actually had run the race. The report from the photographers might finally offer some evidence of that. If she hadn't their report would be the final nail in the coffin against her late on Thursday night New York Marathon race director. Fred Lebeau called Colonie and offered to take him off the hook by first disqualifying release from the New York. Grace being disqualified from New York would retroactively maker. We's ineligible to run in Boston. Thus taking away the victory without cloning needing to prove that she had cheated cloney refused the New York directors offer. He wanted to have conclusive proof and make a strong decision for the good of the race and the sport early Friday morning. Clooney announced that no decision would come until Monday. A frustrated and angry Jacqueline Garo once again flew back to Canada to replace her in the studio the local. Tv Channel invited Rosie. Louise once again released Garros rightful place in the spotlight. A hopeful Rosie. Ruiz travel back to Boston on Friday morning. With Steve Merrick. Still at her side Clooney's announcement had given her a sense of optimism. She hadn't felt since winning the race itself. It was possible that she'd be exonerated and her victory could stand in front of the Bright Studio Lights and TV cameras. Ruis once again pleaded her case she casually offered to take a lie detector test though she also hedged her beds by saying polygraph wouldn't prove anything concrete one of the TV hosts asked Ruiz's directly if she truly thought she actually ran the race. Or if she had any doubts Ruiz's confidently answered that she had no doubts. She didn't announced that she would prove her own running ability by participating in a ten K. In New York City three months later in July organized by Steve Merrick on Friday night news came in from New York City. The director of the New York Marathon announced that thorough examination of the video evidence concluded that Ruis had not run the marathon. Victory was therefore officially voided while the voided finish in New York technically disqualified Ruiz from the Boston Marathon. The Boston Athletic Association made no official announcement. Either way on Friday night. This was an unprecedented situation. And there were no strict disqualification rules between the New York and Boston marathons. Steve merrick returned to New York leaving release alone in Boston. She stayed alone in her hotel room through the weekend. Anxiously awaiting a ruling from the Boston Athletic Association on Sunday. Will Colonie received his report from the official race photographers. They had examined over ten thousand photographs taken at a checkpoint a mile before the finish line and discovered no evidence that Ruis ever passed it. It was the nail in the coffin. He needed on Monday morning. Ruis received a phone call from. Clooney wanted to meet her a second time. This time he came bearing news. It was time for Rosie Ruis to face the music when we come back the investigations of Rosier. Louise calm to a close now. Back to the story. It had only been one week since twenty six year. Old Rosie Ruis had shocked the world by winning the Boston Marathon but those seven days had felt like a lifetime to release who faced immediate scrutiny from reporters fans and other runners who believed correctly that Ruis had cheated on the evening of April Twenty Eighth Nineteen Eighty. Ruis met with Boston Marathon. Race director will clooney at her hotel. Clooney told her we's that he was ready to bring evidence to the Board of Governors for vote on her victory. He didn't mince words. They would likely vote to disqualify her and named Jaclyn. Garo the winner. Ruiz reportedly sobbed clooney. Felt sorry for her and tried to be comforting as he delivered the bad news despite all the facts against her. Ruiz still wouldn't admit she cheated. He gave her one last chance to provide any evidence that support her story. She gave clone the information of one other. Male runner whom she said could vouch for her. Clooney knew who the male runner was. He was the overall tenth place finisher finishing the race one hundred thirty places earlier than Ruiz. He wouldn't have been physically near her at any point during the marathon as kindly as he could only told her. We's that this final defense wouldn't help her. She was heartbroken. Realized there was no way she could stop the inevitable. On Wednesday April thirtieth will clooney held a press conference in downtown Boston. He announced that the Board of governors had voted unanimously to strip rosie. Ruiz of her Boston Marathon win. He stated that the evidence showed beyond a reasonable doubt. That Ruis did not run the entire race. Seated to Kony's right was a jet-lagged Jacqueline Gero. Who had yet again made the trip to Boston this time. She was finally given what she earned nine days before the title of Boston. Marathon Champion cloney placed the Laurel Wreath on Garros. Head has members of the press clapped. Garros smiled and gave a half-hearted fist pump to celebrate her late victory back in New York Rosie. Ruiz delivered downtrodden statement to reporters once again weekly claiming that she'd been wrongly disqualified and that one day she would prove it with the investigation over and the scandal winding down will clooney traveled to New York to meet with res a third and final time. At her apartment she continued arguing that she'd run the race but clooney stopped her. She'd already been disqualified. There was no more need for release to defend herself. He was there to simply offer an olive branch. He invited her to run the Boston. Marathon again. In nineteen eighty-one maybe in a year. She could prove that she really was the elite runners she claimed to be Coney. Did ask for one thing. He wanted Ruiz's metal back to awarded to the winner. A devastated Ruis refused. She repeated that she'd run the race and earn that medal. Clooney was shocked. Despite all that had been revealed Ruiz truly believed it was rightfully hers. Not wanting to force more conflict. Colonie let her keep it. Ruis returned to work later that week hoping that the controversy was over and she could move on with their life instead. Her boss called her into his office. He felt betrayed. It supported res paid for her trip to Boston and even defended her to the press now. She proven herself a liar or those reasons. Ruis was fired in less than two weeks of misfortune. Rosie ries had lost everything. Her Marathon win her job and reputation wherever she went in New York City. She was reminded of her own failures almost instantly joke t shirts for the Rosie. Ruiz Fan club decorated with subway. Tokens became popular in New York and Boston. Her name became synonymous with cheating to pull a rosy ruis entered the cultural lexicon. Ruiz tried to ignore it as best she could and pull her life back together. She got a job as a bookkeeper at Richard Stevens. Inc a Manhattan based real estate firm and stayed out of the public eye in the winter of nineteen eighty eight months after her disqualification. Steve Merrick visited release to catch up and checking on her. Their conversation drifted to the events of the Boston. Marathon merrick remarked flat out that for we's clearly didn't run the much to his surprise. She didn't defend herself instead. She simply replied that. She didn't need to tell Merrick the truth because he already knew. According to Merrick. Ruis told him that she never intended to win the marathon. She'd only wanted to finish with a good enough time to impress her boss. And Co workers back in New York. She simply failed to notice that the first woman hadn't crossed the finish line yet and jumped into the race too early a year later the nineteen eighty one Boston. Marathon was held without incident and Rosie. Ruiz was nowhere to be seen. She didn't take Wilk Loney up on his offer to run again. In fact Ruis never again competed in an organized race. Her career as a long distance runner was behind her her career as a liar however was far from over as released. Got Her life back on track. She still felt the inexorable poll towards ethically problematic behavior some reporters viewed reasons behavior as sociopathic. She didn't follow the rules because she didn't really see them through. Some combination of intelligence charisma and ambition. Res Always felt like she could get away with anything. Her new job offer new opportunities to take advantage of Rosie releases responsibilities as a bookkeeper for a real estate firm included personally dealing with the company's finances cashing checks and depositing funds tens of thousands of dollars pass through her hands every week. It wasn't long before she started skimming off the top. At first she took small amounts from the cash. She was given to deposit at the bank. Eventually she stopped bothering to go to the bank. Keeping everything for herself Ruiz's crimes escalated. It wasn't enough to steal cash from the company she started forging checks to supplement. Her own salary or bosses at the firm didn't seem to notice that any money was missing. Sir We's continued stealing more and more. It was as if she didn't see it as a crime like the Boston Marathon. It appeared that she saw it as taking a little shortcut to get what she deserved and like the marathon. She could have gotten away with him if she hadn't gone a little too far with our added income or we lived luxuriously. She rented an expensive apartment. In Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Two cabs to work instead of the subway and went skiing every weekend. She took as many sick days as possible. Some weeks barely showing up to the office. Her coworkers were astonished by her lifestyle. They couldn't figure out how she managed it on her meagre salary eventually. Her bosses wondered the same thing. They took a closer look at the worksheet. Done over the past couple of months and were shocked to discover the truth. They realized that Ruiz had stolen more than fifteen thousand dollars in cash and forged over forty five thousand dollars worth of checks on April fifth. One thousand nine hundred eighty two. They alerted the police who opened a criminal investigation into Ruis two weeks later on April nineteenth two plainclothes detectives knocked on Rosie releases apartment door when she answered the door. Detectives Copter informed her that she was being arrested for. Grand Larceny and forgery. Release put on a pair of large sunglasses as she was taken to the police precinct to be booked and charged as the detectives walked her to the precinct. Doors reporters pushed microphones toward her shouted questions or we kept her head down and said nothing. Her assets were seized. Her bank accounts frozen without any money to bail herself out. Ruiz sat in jail for a week while she awaited a resolution to her case. The evidence supplied by her bosses. At the real estate firm was undeniable. Ruis had no choice but to accept a plea deal. She pleaded guilty to the charges and received a sentence of time served plus five years probation after receiving her sentence. Ruiz's came to the realization that she couldn't start over yet again in New York City. She had burned too many bridges and couldn't take the media attention that's still surrounded her so she made two major life decisions in one thousand nine hundred eighty three i. She would never talk about the Boston marathon ever again second. She decided to return home to Miami Florida and live with her family. She moved down. South got her real estate agents license and always looking for a quick way to make an extra buck began selling cocaine or we got to know two other women who were also looking to earn some extra income together. The women formed a small-scale cocaine dealing Operation Ruis acted as middleman in broker. Taking the cocaine from the supplier. While partners sold it to street level dealers in November of nineteen eighty three to four weeks as partners went to meet a buyer in the Marriott Hotel near the Miami International Airport. The plan was to sell about fifty two thousand dollars worth of cocaine. Ruiz's partners met the buyer at the airport and began negotiating. The buyer wanted more than just fifty two thousand dollars worth. Sir wheezes partner said they could get him as much as he wanted. They offered to sell them. Two kilograms of high-grade cocaine which had a street value of nearly half a million dollars. The buyer agreed. It was going to be a massive payday for a we's and her partners except it wasn't a drug deal at all it was a drug bust. The buyer was an undercover cop. Andrews's partners were immediately arrested and the police also put out an arrest warrant for Rosie Ruis when she heard that her partners were in custody and the police were now looking for her release. Had another important decision to make surrender and face criminal prosecution or run home. She could potentially escape back to Cuba where her estranged father still lived after a week of deliberation or we decided that she was done running. She turned herself in and was charged with cocaine trafficking. A federal judge deemed a flight risk and ordered her held without bond while they're case progressed. After spending twenty three days in jail Ruis was sentenced to three years probation less than a month later in January nineteen eighty-four thirty year old Rosie. Ruiz was back in a courtroom is time to get married. Her husband boss was a Colombian immigrant. Who arrived in Miami less than a year before with cocaine dealing career over? We went out looking for another job. Ironically she was hired by the better business bureau as an accreditation specialist this time she promised herself not to take any shortcuts whenever her coworkers asked about the marathon. He's always denied that she was the same. Rosie Ruiz who cheated her way to victory. She wanted to put the mistakes of her past as far behind her as possible. There was one exception to this self imposed secrecy in February of Nineteen eighty-four release discovered that Jacqueline Gero was coming to Miami to run a ten K the Orange Bowl and release couldn't help herself. Rosie Ruiz in Jacqueline Garo had been side by side and all the media coverage of the marathon controversy but had never spoken face to face. Ruis wanted to finally meet the woman. She cheated when we come back Ruis. We's meets Jacqueline Gero now. Back to the story by early. Nineteen eighty-four thirty year old Rosie. Ruiz was on a path to redemption. She was out of jail at a new job and it just got married. She was ready to put the past behind her achieve. Wanted one last piece of closure. She wanted to meet the woman. She cheated out the Boston Marathon. Win In nineteen eighty release went to the Orange Bowl in Miami on the day of a ten K race and found Jacqueline Gero stretching by the starting line as approached with a friendly smile and introduced herself. Kenro did not return visas friendliness. Instead she bluntly asked Ruis y she cheated in Boston. It had been over three years but the wound was still fresh. Caro- wanted answers. Rees had no interest in telling the truth. She repeated what she'd always said. She didn't cheat she ran the whole race. She'd won legitimately and she planned to run it again. I was surprised and insulted by releases continued dishonesty and lack of remorse so she abruptly ended. The conversation shook her head and walked away like Jacqueline Gero. The sport of long distance running couldn't so easily move past the story of Rosie Ruis. The release scandal was in the words of one runner. The end of the Sports Age of innocence the beloved public aspect of marathons the fact that a world famous athlete. Jacqueline Gero ran on the same. Course at the same time as an amateur like Rosie vs was now considered a flaw in the system in the years after Rosie releases win in New York and Boston Marathons added significant new security measures more checkpoints more cameras and more scrutiny. On each every runner some marathons split runners into two separate races. One with elite competitive runners and won with amateurs eventually races also began inserting tracking chips in the runner shoes. To make sure that no one could ever again all a rosy ruis there were also however positive consequences of actions as she predicted the nonstop news coverage of the controversy made many people pay attention to women's running for the first time releases tainted victory may have been a loss of innocence for the sport but it also put it on the cultural map in a way that little else could female participation in the Boston marathon nearly doubled in the two years after his win in nineteen eighty four for the Summer Games in Los Angeles. The Olympics added a women's marathon event for the first time in its history. Jacqueline Garo competed for Canada but didn't finish due to an injury in the midst of all this change that she helped create rosie. Ruiz stayed quiet in Florida. Happy to remain out of the spotlight or leases life however remained turbulent Ruiz's relationship with her husband Echo Vivas was rocky. The two of them fought constantly as later blamed their marital problems solely on political differences CI was liberal and he was conservative though. There were likely other issues at play. Their marriage disintegrated over the course of the next two years. In August of one thousand nine hundred five they separated and rees moved to West Palm Beach to live with their mother. Teresa's tendency to get into trouble followed her to her new home getting her into conflict with multiple landlords three of whom sued to evict her for breaking her lease. She bounced through a series of jobs working as a public notary and later. Starting your own cleaning service with two other women. Business only lasted a couple of years. But release of course managed to take full advantage of every perk. She could she even managed to live rent free at a palm beach cottage in exchange or cleaning services in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight thirty five year old. Rosie Ruis got a job at the laboratory corporation of America as a client representative there. She met a woman named Margarita. Alvarez by the early nineteen nineties the two of them became romantically involved in nineteen ninety-three forty year old ruis moved into Elvis's house into quest to Florida by the mid Nineties Rosie. Ruiz found some stability in her life. In lab core and INTO CUESTA. She finally managed to stay in one place after a lifetime of constant turbulence. She raised three sons with Margarita and beyond a handful of traffic violations remained. Mostly out of trouble. We kept her Boston Marathon medal in storage because looking at it made her melancholic still every year. In mid April. She watched the race route. The two decades following the Nineteen Eighty Boston marathon countless journalists attempted to find Ruis but none were successful in getting an interview. She kept her married name even after her divorce from it grow vivas making it easier for her to stay hidden in nineteen ninety eight a reporter from the Palm Beach Post finally managed to track her down by talking to co workers at Labcorp when Ruis heard about the reporter she finally broke her silence including telling her co workers that she was indeed the famous Rosie Ruiz even with her secret out ruis remained careful about how she interacted with reporter. She refused to meet them in person and only confirmed her identity by dropping off a reason photo at a public location or the reporter to pick up later when the reporter finally made contact over the phone rees was ready to tell her side of the story. After eighteen years as it turned out her story hadn't changed. She still claimed that she'd run the whole race and deserve the medal or we blame the entire controversy on politics. She said the race organizers and fans wanted the favorites like Jacqueline Gero to win disqualified her because they embarrassed that an amateur beat them. She also claimed that her later legal issues were the result of misunderstandings and bad luck. According to Ruis her cocaine dealing arrest was the result of being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a type statement there were we sent to the reporter after the interview or we promised that she would run again this time. She vowed there would be no mistake about her abilities. After the interview in Nineteen Ninety Eight Rosie. Ruiz successfully slipped back into anonymity. She refused to talk to anyone else about her past. She never did run again. Rosie died on July eighth. Two Thousand Nineteen after ten year battle with cancer or death was only reported on after journalists recognized. Her photo in a digital obituary published quietly on the Internet. The obituary made no reference to her maiden name nor to her brief running career in the decades since the nineteen eighty Boston marathon. Jacqueline Guiraud developed empathy for the struggles that we went through and ultimately forgave her after his death Garo posted a facebook tribute calling her a great woman. Who made some mistakes? She thinks that the entire saga of Rosie. Ruiz makes good lesson. That cheating will never give you satisfaction and that it's also simply thanks again for listening to sports criminals. We'll be back next week with a new episode. You can find all episodes of sports criminals and all other park has two originals for free on spotify. Not only to spotify already. Have all your favorite music but now spotify making it easy for you to enjoy all of your favorite podcast originals like sports criminals for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream. Sports criminals on spotify. 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S7: April Fooled: Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1

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S7: April Fooled: Rosie Ruiz Pt. 1

"The year nineteen eighty the Boston. Marathon winner was Rosie Ruiz. That is until eight days later when Rees was stripped of her title. Enjoy these captivating episodes on the life and lies of Rosie Ruiz from podcast series. Sports criminals. If you'd like to hear more shocking stories from the world of sports make sure to subscribe to sports criminals. New Episodes Premiere every Thursday. Listen free on spotify or wherever you get your podcast 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. Writer Jacqueline Gero. 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. Res Looked exhausted her arms flailing wildly as if she was swimming her way to the finish line when RUIZ CROSSED 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 also set the fastest women's marathon time in American history. Ruis grimace and smiled. As she finished the race she had seemingly accomplished 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 a podcast 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. We'll also uncover how their actions impacted the history of the sport they played. I'm Tim Johnson. And I'm Carter Roy. You can find episodes of sports criminals and all of their podcast 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 no our doing reach out on facebook and Instagram. At podcast in twitter at podcast network. Today we're discussing Rosie Ruis. 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 has life changed afterwards? Rosie Ruiz 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 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 Nebraska. It was another new world for her but she learned to adapt when year into her college career. Ruiz's life was thrown for a loop. When she was involved in a serious car crash. She suffered a blow to the head and 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 her 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 one thousand nine hundred seventy seven after graduating from college. Ruiz's decided not to return to Miami instead. She threw herself into yet another new city. The Big Apple and 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 acquaintances apartment and racked up fifteen hundred dollars in false charges the acquaintance lodged a complaint with the NYPD but Ruis paid restitution and the charges were dropped compounding. Her legal issues were continuing health issues. In September of Nineteen Seventy Eight. Reza's doctors discovered a small defect inner 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 her 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 of running ruis decided she was ready to put herself to 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. Filipi these 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. Ruis wanted to prove herself an accomplished athlete. It was a huge jump for her while she had been taking running seriously. Rees was not an experience. 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 a 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 res. An estimated crowd of two point. Five million spectators gathered along the race route to cheer the runners on her. We 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 an out. Ruis asked her roommate to meet her eight miles into the race to check if she wanted to drop out. Whenever we reached the mile mark she looked up and saw her roommate waving in 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's 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 the train. After a few stops release felt more comfortable and struck up a conversation with a woman named Susan Morrow 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 Moro 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. Moral was headed to see her friend. Cross the finish line ruis and her new friend off the subway at Columbus Circle and made their way into central park. Ruis was noticeably limping and would occasionally on moral shoulders. They pushed through the crowd in 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 moreover. I 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 and 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 at 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. Res Disappeared into the crowd as loved everything about the marathon the thrill of the races 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 Ruiz 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 wiest trip to compete in April her. We graciously accepted but despite her supposed successes all is not well for Rosie Ries 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 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 was ally 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 in the Boston Marathon. Ruis ran as much as she could. Outside of work as the race approached in the spring of nineteen eighty however ruis 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 ruis 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 her. The next morning we left her hotel and walked to the starting area of the Nineteen Eighty Boston. Marathon it would be the most consequential day of her entire life. When we come back Rosie Ruis takes on the Boston marathon now. Back to the story as twenty six year old Rosie. Ruiz stepped up to the starting line of the Nineteen Eighty Boston Marathon. She felt a huge amount of pressure to perform. Not only did she feel the personal pressure to replicate her supposedly great finish in the nineteen seventy nine New York marathon but she also felt as though she was carrying the burden of the women who came before her. She couldn't let herself do significantly worse in Boston. Let alone fail to finish and risk revealing that. 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 eighteen ninety seven quickly established itself as one of the most respected and celebrated running events in the world and remains today the world's oldest annual marathon when 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 one thousand nine hundred sixty six twenty four year 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? Gabe refused 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 realized that give was a woman and 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 at 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 a race officials attempt to physically remove her from the race. Thanks to the efforts of women like give and Switzer the amateur Athletic 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 Ruis 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. Ruiz 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 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 meant. 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 Guiraud. A Canadian runner was the favourite to win the women's race. She'd won the national capital Marathon in Ottawa. The year before and many of the spectators in Boston that day were there to see. If Garo could win another Garros stiffest competition was with American Patti. Lyons who came in second in the New York Marathon. Twenty six year old Rosie. Ruiz was not on anyone's 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 to shoulder in a massive swarm. It wasn't long before her legs and feet began to tire. Her breathing became more labored as 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. Ruis 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 that she hadn't even made it half way. The other option was to cheat. Sheet already gotten away with New York and she believes she could easily get away with it again so she made her decision. She turned an abruptly. Jog off the race route. Just like she had in New York for we took a short cut after exiting. The race release found a quiet place to wait for an hour staying as far away from views. She could when enough time has 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 Boston. Ruiz was 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 Ruiz's hard 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 Rees reached her destination she left the train headed for the finish line slipping through the busy crowd or 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 amiss however elise had rejoined the race far ahead of any other female runners. It's possible that she simply missed judged jump into the marathon however it's also possible that like she told her mother she felt as though she needed to win 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. Ries 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 Ruis Administrative Assistant. She was now. We re we's 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 focused their lenses. On the victorious. Ruis as she limped with the officers help away from the finish line. Other runners congratulated breweries. She passed which she acknowledged with a smile. Ruis made it to the victory stand where race officials congratulated her placed a laurel wreath on her head suddenly energetic ruis wave to the crowd and beamed taking in all of the attention. She had gotten away with her lie. Rosie Ruiz had become in the blink of an eye a famed marathon champion. Three minutes after Rosie Ruiz finished Jacqueline Guru across 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 winter. Stand and saw Rosie release with a wreath and a metal and was confused. She had senior we's at any point in the entire race. Garo finished with a time of two hours. Thirty four minutes. Twenty eight seconds a new personal best but there was no fanfare or Laurel wreath for her. No Prize for second place. Ruis had beaten the women's record by nearly three minutes on the Victory Stage Rosie. Ruiz took her 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 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 or we 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 Ruis. He asked her what her splits were and was met with a blank stare or we didn't know that splits were. Jerez 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. We're 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 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 off his suspicions within five minutes of ruas 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 rosie. Ruiz came out of nowhere to win the Boston Marathon. It was a great story an amateur runner with only one other race to her 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. Suspicions started to mount immediately after we cross the Finish Line. It started with a male winner. Bill Rodgers. Who could sense that we hadn't run twenty six miles a few minutes? After Ruis 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 release to the as the winner of the marathon in possibly a new American women's running record holder. First Switzer asked Ruis. 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 and fifty. Six minutes. Switzer asked what is 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 dig deeper. She asked if she'd been training with a lot of heavy intervals. Workouts designed to increase speed res 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 rees 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. The confusion over releases out of nowhere. Victory had turned into suspicion. Reporters followed Switzer's lead and peppered Ruis with questions Ruiz's 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 paid 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 Res 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 Gero 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 of cheating. Scandal might have on the reputation of the Boston Marathon. A few hours after the race cloney met with Rosie Ruiz at her hotel so she could tell her side of the story where we brought along her friends. Steve Merrick the president of a running club. She joined 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 Merrick. Not anyone else saw release at any other point in the race. Clooney left the hotel that night unsure of the truth. Ruiz was convincing. But so as Rogers. Only one thing was clear the Boston. Marathon was now embroiled in a major controversy and it was up to Clooney and the Boston Athletic Association to find out what really happened while. Clooney 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 local. Tv show called good day live to be interviewed about their wins. Rogers uneasiness about her. We had overtaken his own personal satisfaction about winning the race. He wasn't just concerned. That Jacqueline Guerrero had been cheated out of a medal. Like we'll clooney. He was worried about the effect. A scandal like this might have on the sport a whole before going onto the set. Rogers pulled Ruis 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 ruis hesitated. Tears appeared at the corners of her eyes for a split second. Rogers believed that we was going to confess instead. Released 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 release 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 her 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 cloney announced that he had opened an investigation into the allegations against Roe zero. We's it wouldn't be an easy or straightforward task to determine whether Rosie Ruiz 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 an eye witness testimony a team of experts including Katherine Switzer reviewed three sets video from the race and couldn't identify Rosie Ruiz on any of them nor could they find her. We is on one of the informal lists of the top five women runners at any point in the race as 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 victory. 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 into releases. Twenty third place finish reporters dug into Rosie Ruiz. His life story traveling to Miami and Nebraska searching for clues. They didn't find much. Though classmates. At Wayne State College did remember that. Ruiz 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 sneaking past the building security guards to go directly to release his door eventually released into roommates abandoned the apartment and move somewhere secret their release 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 a roommate's friends or reporters who manage to track down. Ruiz 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 finished next to 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 will clooney to disqualify. Rosie ries with so much attention on the marathon and the investigation. He felt as though he needed proof 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 hand 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 or realized 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 what he'd seen. Meanwhile in New York another eyewitness reached out. Susan Moro the woman who had befriended released during the New York. Marathon was watching the news when report about the Boston. Marathon came on. Moro immediately recognized the marathon winner as the same woman. She'd met on the subway as the news. Report continued covering the controversy. Around Louise's finish Moro 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. A 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 an entire marathon with evidence against her 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 if Ruis was the woman she'd seen riding the subway during the New York. Marathon more said without question. It was the same woman as cameras snapped. Rosie Ruis 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 a 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 Ruis continued to vociferously deny 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. Rosie ruas story. We'll see how her story eventually crumbled and how her life was affected after the truth was revealed. You can find all episodes of sports criminals and all other park has originals for free on spotify. Not only spotify already. Have all your favorite music but now spotify is making it easy for you to enjoy all your favorite podcast originals like sports criminals for free from your phone desktop or smart speaker to stream sports criminals on spotify just open the APP tap browse and type sports criminals in the search bar. And don't forget to follow us on facebook and Instagram at podcast and twitter at podcast network. We'll see next time. Sports Criminals was created by Max Cutler. And as a podcast studios original it is executive produced by Max Cutler Sound Design by Stephen Davies with production assistance by Ron Shapiro in Carleen Madden. This episode of Sports Criminals was written by Ryan Lee with writing assistance by Abigail Cannon and stars. Tim Johnson and Carter Roy.

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