June 22, 2012

Time for the Olympic Trials!

If you like running, this is the best time of the year (or actually, of every 4 years) to be a fan. The 2012 Olympic Trials kickoff in Eugene, OR tonight. You have probably seen the TV schedule a hundred times if you follow a lot of running blogs, but here it is one more time, just in case...

Date Time Network
Friday, June 22nd               9-11 p.m. ET                 NBCSN           
Saturday, June 23rd 8-9 p.m. ET NBC
Sunday, June 24th 7-8 p.m. ET NBC
Monday, June 25th 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN
Thursday, June 28th 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN
Friday, June 29th 6-8 p.m. ET NBCSN
Saturday, June 30th 9-10 p.m. ET NBC
Sunday, July 1st 7-8 p.m. ET NBC

For distance fans, the key days are June 22 (10K Finals), 6/25 (800m Finals), 6/28 (5K Finals), and 7/1 (1500m Finals).

There are so many things to get excited about. Can Ritz redeem himself in the 10K? Will Rupp pull off the 10K/5K double? Alan Webb is in the 5K?!?!? Morgan Uceny vs. the field in the 1500. Tyson Gay - can he make the team and challenge Usain Bolt in London? See SI's Ten Storylines to watch for more.

Here are a few good websites to bookmark for the next 10 days...

Letsrun will have the best previews and analysis of the distance races

Does it get any better than this? Diving for that final spot on the Olympic team on the 2008 Men's 800m team... hopefully the upcoming week will provide many more of these kinds of moments...

I'm not getting my hopes up - but I'm pulling for Alan Webb to make some noise in the 5K!

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