Lucy's Olympic Experience

Lucy's Olympic Experience

I’m going to the Olympics! This certainly is an amazing thing for me to say…I have only dreamt about this happening, but now I get to live it! As I begin my Olympic adventure, I would love to share it with my two favorite running sites, NZRun and Flotrack. So tune in for updates on how things are going as I prepare for the 2012 London Olympics. 

At the moment I am going through a transition. Having studied at Stony Brook University, in the United States, for the past five years I am now beginning a career as a professional runner. I feel so blessed that I can pursue this dream of mine, and I owe a huge thank you to my coach, Andy Ronan, and my agent, Ray Flynn, for partnering with me.

A week after NCAAs, with exactly one month left to qualify for the NZ Olympic Team, I went to New Jersey to run a 1500m with the goal of running close to the NZ Olympic Standard of 4:07.00. I ran a P.B. of 4:08.09 and was encouraged, knowing I could run faster in an A-paced race. Training had been going really well up to this point and I was feeling as if things were coming together at the right time. I felt like I was in the best shape of my life and so I emailed many of my friends and family to keep me in their prayers, knowing with God’s strength anything could be possible. I had a day at home and then flew to San Diego where an A-paced race was being set up. Morgan Unecy was the pacer - with three Canadians, one American and one Kiwi chasing after the Olympic A Standard - and the weather conditions were perfect. I felt very strong and confident during the race knowing the pace was going to bring me through with a fast time if I just stuck with it. I finished third with a new P.B. of 4:05.76 and my very own ticket to the 2012 London Olympics!

Instantly my world changed. I never expected the incredible response that I got from New Zealand. News channels, radio stations, and newspapers from around the country started contacting me and people whom I barely knew were sending me messages. My mum even phoned me saying a package in the mail arrived full of cards from a class of primary school children…I can’t wait to read every single one! Put simply, I have been overwhelmed with love and support from the whole country. As you can imagine I didn’t sleep much that week, as I was too excited! 

I am now in Cardiff, Wales, where I am basing myself with the NZ Olympic Team before I move into the Olympic Village in early August. Being surrounded by an amazing support team has been such a humbling experience and I know I will be ready to run the best race of my life come August 6th. I’ll keep you updated over the next month with everything I get up to as the Olympics draw near. I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for all the support!

Christian Coleman Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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Tennessee’s Christian Coleman has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

Raevyn Rogers Wins The 2017 Bowerman Award

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Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers has been named The Bowerman award winner for the 2017 NCAA season.

NXN Champ Katelyn Tuohy To Attempt H.S. 5K Record LIVE on FloTrack

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Nike Cross National champion Katelyn Tuohy has just one more 5K on her schedule, and that one will be the fastest of them all. On Saturday, January 20, LIVE ON FLOTRACK, she will toe the line at the VA Showcase in a special section of the 5K with the sole purpose of taking down Brie Oakley's 15:55 national record. 

Ruby Stauber To Transfer From LSU To Oregon

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After a standout freshman season with LSU, Ruby Stauber will take her talents to the Pacific Northwest to compete for the University of Oregon. A since-deleted tweet from the Wayzata High School girls cross country account first made the announcement, and FloTrack later confirmed it with Stauber.

'Just Wait,' Fred Kerley Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Raevyn Rogers Could Win The Bowerman

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

How Christian Coleman Could Win The Bowerman Award

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This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

Who's No. 1? FloTrack Tackles The Katelyn Tuohy vs Claudia Lane Debate

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If you've paid the slightest modicum of attention to high school girls cross country this season, you know the names Katelyn Tuohy and Claudia Lane. 

2017 Bowerman Blind Resume Test

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The Bowerman Award Ceremony will be LIVE on FloTrack this Friday, December 15, at 9 PM ET.

Paul Tetreault, The 2017 Hometown Hero presented by Quicken Loans

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On behalf of the national mortgage lender Quicken Loans, FloSports is excited and honored to award Paul Tetreault, track and cross country coach at North Kingstown High School in Rhode Island with $25,000 to put towards a year’s worth of mortgage payments for being named the 2017 Hometown Hero.