It seems like I have been awaiting the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials forever. This is obviously not true but there are only a couple of times a year where we get to see the American Elites barreling down our streets
with a tv camera in their face. That is why I am glued to the tv or Universal Sports each and every Boston, Chicago & New York Marathon. Our Streets, Our Athletes. Go Team USA!
My focus, of course, is on the women’s line up. I think most are now fans of Desiree Davila who many
including myself now refer to as “Desi”. If you weren’t a Desi fan before the 2011 Boston Marathon, I bet you are now. She had been on my radar previous to Boston because she had frequented the Chicago Marathon and is usually the top American female for us. So I had “hoped” she would do well but when she re-entered the live tv stream during the 2011 Boston Marathon after pushing her way back to the front, I was on my feet in front of my computer screaming in my office. I just couldn’t believe that she would win, or even come that close, but she sure made a believer out of me and the rest of America on that Monday morning in April 2011. Wow. So Desi has my hope for top spot on the 2012 US Women’s Olympic Marathon Team. GO DESI!
I think Desi’s biggest competition will come from America’s current distance running sweethearts: Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher. These women are now training together under Jerry Schumacher and are both converted track stars who have moved up to the marathon distance after the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Shalane is currently in the “best shape of her life”
although I don’t think we have ever seen her in poor shape and I really think she will make the team. She is strong mentally and physically and she is a competitor. She hasn’t done much real racing this year as her focus has been toward the trials. I think we are going to see an amazing fight from her. Good luck Shalane!
Kara Goucher is another amazing distance runner. She took some time off after the Beijing Olympics and her marathon debut to have a bouncing baby boy. Let me just remind all of you that I too have a bouncing baby boy and they take up a lot of time. Kara, like many moms, went back to work immediately after the birth and has really knocked out some fast times for a strong come back…..then she got injured. Too much, too fast? Maybe. Or possibly
I just find that childbirth kicks the shit out of a women’s body this was related to the birth or just overtraining but it was definitely unlucky timing. However, Kara is now back on track and will be ready to run by the Trials. She has had a lot of changes lately between the birth, injury and a coaching change but I don’t anyone will be thinking about those things on Saturday unless the commentators keep mentioning them over and over again when she toes the line with Desi and Shalene. The heart of every distance running mom will be pushing Kara forward on Saturday. We LOVE Kara!
Although Desi, Shalene and Kara are sucking up some serious press time, there are several other ladies who will show up Saturday ready to fight. This has to be the best line up ever for an Olympic Trials. So many wildcards. I don’t think anybody expects former 2008 Olympic Marathoner and American record holder Deena Kastor to hand over her spot without a fight. This is another lady who took some time off for childbirth between Olympic games. I feel like nobody really knows what level of fitness Deena currently maintains. I will certainly be watching her closely on Saturday and hope that she has the run of her life to fight for a spot with those youngin’s! Go Deena!
We also have a lot of other players in Saturday’s race. Magdalena Lewy Boulet is probably the most well-known from the 2008 Beijing Marathon team.
Chicago’s Hometown Favorite – Tera Moody
These are some of the faces that I will be looking for on Saturday during the 2012 Olympic Trials. Who will you be watching? Can you pick the three who will make the team? I just can’t narrow down to which three will be the best on Saturday. So many random factors go into making race day perfect and I know there are hundreds of women looking for a perfect day and a spot on the team. I wish them all lots of luck and hope that they have good health, good results and are able to walk away happy. However, looking over this crew, there is going to be a lot of unhappy ladies walking around Houston on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to all the ladies who graced my list and all of those who qualified for the trials. This is a class act which I can only join in on by watching thru the eye of the camera.
Have you noticed that each day we have more and more amazing and inspiring women? You know these ladies are just like you
they just run faster. Inspire somebody today.
Counting Down til the Trials, Amanda – TooTallFritz