Jenny Simpson, the 1500 meter women's world champion, is known to some as the American steeplechase queen. Simpson is doing a few last-minute training tweaks as she gets ready for her Olympic trials race on Thursday. She's hoping to represent the U.S. in London in an event that isn't typically dominated by American women.
A starting gun that triggers the timers. Cameras that can snap 5,000 frames a second. And officials still can't decide whether Allyson Felix or Jeneba Tarmoh qualified for the Olympics in the 100 meter sprint. Should they flip a coin or run again?
The London Olympics are more than a month away, but fans of swimming were eager to see the 2012 edition of the rivalry between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte get started Monday, when the two Olympic gold medalists face off in the final of the 400-meter individual medley at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics are just over a month away — leading NPR and other media to cover the intense preparations for the games. That also means the Paralympic Games are up next, as athletes with disabilities round into top form for the Aug. 29 opening day.
Some of the events at the at U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., this past weekend were too close to call. First and second place were clear in the Women's 100 meters, but third place was a dead tie. A run-off or a coin flip will determine who goes to London.
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