Olympic games underway in 3 days!

24 Jul

“The most important goal in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part; just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.” — Olympic creed

The Olympic games are about to get underway, and we have several athletes from the Missouri area that are competing in London!  Brittany Borman a Festus high-school alumni will be competing in the javelin. She qualified for London on her last throw with a MONSTER throw, PR, and Olympic trials Record! She didn’t have the Olympic standard until that very last throw.  Talk about clutch.  The other thing that has hardly been mentioned was that it was her birthday as well.  Talk about an amazing birthday… how do you top that?  Crazy enough Tim and his Dad also know her and use to help coach her as a kid.  They were on the phone talking a million miles an hour to one another just seconds after her throw.

We also have Matt Tegencamp who will be competing in the 10k.  He went to highschool in Lee’s Summit, MO.  Matt competed in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in the 5k.  I ran college track a few years with his sister in law.  Strangely enough, I’ve been at the only 2 10ks he’s ever run.  Too bad I won’t be there to cheer in person for this one too.  It’s kind of fun linking how you know of several Olympian athletes…lol  It makes watching it more fun!

Christian Cantwell is the most decorated Missourian competing in the London Games.  The mountain of a man from Eldon, MO, and Mizzou has been amongst the best in the world for close to a decade now.  He earned a silver medal in the shot put at the 2008 games and just recently registered the farthest throw in the world so far this year.  Tim’s gotten to know him over years with all of the camps they’ve worked together at Mizzou.  There was a funny tweet that he had a booth at the Trials this year where he’d bellow, “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry!”  Classic.

Chantae McMillan pulled off a dramatic finish in her event to punch her ticket to the games as well.  The Rolla native PR’d in the last 2 events of the heptathlon to earn her spot on the team and make the all important Olympic qualifying standard.  McMillan bounced back from a major knee injury last season to her jump knee.  The former long jumper had to relearn the event using her other leg.  The cold, wet conditions at the Trials made her performance all the more impressive.

2 Time NCAA 200 meter champion Maurice Mitchell rode the wave of success from his senior campaign in to the Trials and onto Team USA.  Mitchell blasted the curve in the finals at the Trials and secured a 2nd place finish in the process.  The Raytown South alum looks to continue to build on a resume that saw him win the Missouri Gatorade High School Track athlete of the year 3 times.

Another Missourian to make some noise on the international circuit over the past couple of years has been Mike Rodgers.  Mike graduated from Berkeley high school before heading to Lindenwood.  We were teammates for a couple of years before I graduated and he transferred.  Mike finished 4th in the 100 meters at the Trials, earning him a spot on the US relay squad.  As one of the best starters in the world, Mike would be the perfect lead off man for the 4×1.  Unfortunately, it appears Mike’s got a stress fracture and won’t be able to compete.  Knowing Mike, I’m sure he’ll come back fatser and stronger than ever.

There are many caliber athletes getting ready to compete at their best in a few days make sure you tune in and watch!  Should be some good races, and look for these few somewhat familiar faces, because it is cool to say they are from Missouri!  Way to represent!



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