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Who to Watch in the ’08 Trials

So apparently there’s this, uh, Olympic Trials thing happening in Eugene soon. I guess it’s kind of a big deal or something. Anyways, while everyone else is creaming their collective pantaloons (including Eugene writer Kenny Moore), I thought I would list some of the athletes to watch for.

  • Former Rennie’s Landing doorman Colin Veldman qualified for the hammerthrow. We’ll drink to that!
  • UO running phenom Galen Rupp will be tearing up the men’s 10k. Rupp has 120 percent of the lung capacity of an average person.
  • Alicia Shay will be running the women’s 10k. Shay’s husband and fellow elite runner Ryan died of a sudden cardiac arrest during the 2007 US Olympic Marathon Trials. Runner’s World just ran a good story on her.
  • UO whiz kid Andrew Wheating has qualified for the 800 and 1500. Wheating came out of nowhere this year and had an absolutely explosive season, including a sub-four mile and the third fastest 800 in school history.
  • Other qualified Ducks in the Trials are Rachel Yurkovich in the javelin, Nicole Blood in the 1500 and 5k, A.J. Acosta in the 1500 and Ashton Eaton in the decathalon. Former Duck Tommy Skipper qualified for the polevault.
  1. CJ Ciaramella says:

    Ah, fuck me. You’re right.

  2. Alison says:

    Alicia Shay isn’t running the Trials. This was in the news last week.

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