Like the Kenyan men so often do, the University of Colorado women swept the 3000 m Steeplechase on Day 6 of the Olympic Track and Field Trials. Or at least they should have, or could have. Emma Coburn, Shalaya Kipp and Jenny Simpson showing the Boulder running dominance. Would/could have been SO cool. Let me explain. In 2008, Jenny Simpson (then Barringer) was the top American steepler at the Olympic… Read More »The Buff Sweep – Oly Trials Day 6
For a distance racing fan, Day 5 of the Trials was a plethora of races reflecting the many faces of the Olympic Trials: from the Ridiculous to the Agony, to the Ecstasy. One by one…. The Ridiculous. Yeah I know that the plan is to emulate the Olympic Games as much as possible. I get that. But WOW, three prelim heats to eliminate 3 women and six men. Seems like… Read More »The Ecstasy of the Trials – Oly Trials Day 5
Tonight Lauren Fleshman will run in the qualifying heats of the Olympic Trials. As a Facebook friend, running aficionado and admirer of great talent, her story is not new to me. It was brought to the forefront of my mind today, however, because of two things: Her race is tonight (yeah, I said that) and she posted an awesome blog today reviewing her path to this day. That link is… Read More »Dream Big
Tonight Lauren Fleshman will run in the qualifying heats of the Olympic Trials. As a Facebook friend, running aficionado and admirer of great talent, her story is not new to me. It was brought to the forefront of my mind today, however, because of two things: Her race is tonight (yeah, I said that) and she posted an awesome blog today reviewing her path to this day. That link is… Read More »Dream Big!
A Disappointed Jeremy Wariner Oddly enough there are two rest days within the Olympic Track and Field Trials this time. Yesterday, while not official, was my rest day. Nothing scheduled that excited me much, at least not enough to watch it live. So I DVRed the day and zipped through it later. The return of Justin Gatlin was the highlight of the evening. Gatlin had been suspended a few years… Read More »Rest Day Before the Rest Days – Oly Trials Day 3
Aston Eaton and two awesome dudes! After an exciting Day 1, the second portion of the Olympic Track and Field Trials was nothing less than fantastic. High, and still undecided drama in the women’s sprints, and a World Record in the decathlon by Ashton Eaton. Rain, again, sporadically poured on the venue and at one time caused the meet director to delay the start of several events. That delay caused… Read More »STUD of all Studs – Oly Trials Day 2
Amy Hastings – Olympian It’s my favorite time of the quadrennial: Olympic Trials time! You can have the NBA Finals, the World Series, Lord Stanley’s Cup, and yes, dare I say it, you can even have the Super Bowl. I’ll take the Olympic Track and Field Trials. Being a runner/track guy, I love a good track meet anyway, but the Olympic trials embody everything about racing. You get this one… Read More »Only One Thing Would Be Better – Oly Trials Day 1
After three easy miles in the neighborhood, it was time to bid my lovely bride a fond farewell. She would be turning left and heading home to prep herself for the coming workday and I would be off to run my way through another seven on what I affectionately call The Park Loop. The Park Loop is my fallback seven mile loop specifically for the days when I just want… Read More »The Runoff and Being Fifteen