Tag: London 2012
They are two of the best athletes on the planet. One is a sprinter on the track with personal bests of 10.91 for 100 meters, 21.7 for 200 meters, and 49.3 for 400 meters. In London in 2012, he took a bronze at 200 meters and a silver at 400 meters. The other is a swimmer who specializes in the 200 Individual Medley and the breaststroke, and he has two Gold Medals for the 200 IM, one from Athens and one from Beijing, plus a silver from London. But Blake Leeper and Rudy Garcia-Tolson are much more than just great athletes. They are both missing both legs – Blake below the knee and Rudy above the knee – and they are changing perceptions about what someone with a disability can accomplish. Having them in studio together was really special.
Meb Keflezighi is getting ready for the Olympic Trials in Houston coming up on January 14th. It has been 69 days since he ran a personal best in New York City which, we found out, he was able to do despite having his Breathe Right strip not on his nose where it was supposed to be, but lodged into one of his running shoes!
Josh Cox is the American Record holder at 50K and is gearing up for Houston on January 14th. Our conversation became pretty emotional when Josh mentioned that the last time he was in Houston was to be with his father while his dad was undergoing cancer treatment. His dad has since passed away.
Alistair Brownlee is the two-time ITU World Champion and the odds on favorite to win the Gold Medal in triathlon next summer in London. He came on with Huddle and me to discuss his career, his training, and his hopes and dreams for London and beyond.
Galen Rupp made the finals at 10,000 meters in his first Olympics in Beijing in 2008, and London is definitely in his sights for next summer. Earlier this year he ran his first half marathon in New York City and went 1:00:30, the third fastest half marathon for an American. In mid September he stepped it up a notch when he ran an amazing 26:48.00, the fastest ever 10,000 for a non-African.
Sarah Groff, aka Saucey, went to London in early August knowing that if she finished in the top nine, she would make the 2012 US Olympic Triathlon team. She took seventh and now has a full year to get ready for the biggest race of her life.
Rudy Garcia-Tolson had both legs amputated above the knee when he was only five years old. At the age of six he discovered swimming and in 2004 he went 2:42 for the 200 IM, set the world record, and won the Gold Medal in the Paralympics. In Beijing in 2008 he won Gold again and in 2009 he became the first double above knee amputee to finish an Ironman Triathlon when he completed Ironman Arizona. So what does the 22 year old do for an encore? He’s training for the Paralympics in London for swimming, and at the Endeavor Games this past weekend he ran 5:22 for 1500 meters, 32 for 200 meters and 64 for 400 meters. Try that with no legs!