Ten storylines to watch at U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

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Jun 22nd 2012, 12:01am | 682 views

Ten storylines to watch at U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials

Carmelita Jeter
Carmelita Jeter, the fastest U.S. female 100-meter runner since 2009, has been searching for speed so far this year.
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EUGENE, Ore. -- There's something charming about the Mayberry-esque embrace that this city puts on the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. At this moment, Eugene is awash in senior citizens and teenagers bedecked in hardcore Duck green-and-electric yellow (no pewter anywhere, football fans) volunteer shirts again declaring that we are in Tracktown, USA. Beneath that warm-and-fuzzy, a few of the plotlines I'll be watching during the trials (June 22-July 1):

1. Double Trouble

Sprinters Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter and Sanya Richards-Ross will each attempt to make the U.S. team and potentially win a medal at the Games in two individual events. This might be for the pure joy of competition, but it could also be to meet the qualifications for the stardom in our postmodern Phelps-centric world, where just one gold medal is, just, you know, Pffft. (I would not rule out that these decisions are possibly influenced in some manner by the Swoosh-embossed corporation that sponsors all three women). Anyway, the three come to their task from different places and face very different battles.

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