LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Maggie Vessey, 30, did not announce anything today.
Vessey, the 2010 and 2011 USA 800-meter runner-up, did not say anything about leaving coach Rose Monday, whom she’d trained under since the fall of 2010, or about relocating to Los Angeles from her hometown of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Johnny Gray, American record-holder in the 800m and assistant coach at University of California, Los Angeles, did not say anything about assuming the training of Vessey, or about adding her to a stable of other elites that include mid-distance stars Duane Solomon and Cory Primm.
Solomon did not say anything about Vessey joining the group when he was racing in the Stockholm Diamond League meet on August 17.
New Balance, Vessey’s sponsor since her breakout season in 2009, issued no press release on the event. There was no stampede of interest fielded by agent Ray Flynn of Flynn Sports Management.
“It is my understanding that this is transitional and at the present time both Rose and Johnny are working with her,” Flynn said, but added, “Maggie is the best one to answer this question.”
Vessey did issue a cryptic statement via Twitter on August 18: “2 ironing boards and no iron!! >:(,” she said. While its meaning remains shrouded, much can be read into in what appears to be an unhappy face with furrowed eyebrows.
The general public is complying by not talking about track and field altogether.
Why expect attention when the sport’s big stars switch teams? What is this, ice hockey? What’s the score of the SF Giants game? Did you hear Scottie Pippen got into a fender-bender in Chicago? Rafael Nadal was in a Shakira video.
No one is talking about Vessey and her coaching change—certainly not Vessey. She did not announce anything today. Football season will be here soon.