Kate Grace Signs With Nike

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As seen from her new racing kit at the UW Invitational, 800m Olympian Kate Grace is now a Nike sponsored athlete. 

After winning the 3K at the UW Indoor Preview, Grace told FloTrack that her previous contract with Oiselle was up on January 1 and that she was in negotiations with potential sponsors. Before pacing the mile on Saturday, Grace announced on Twitter that she would be in a new uniform. 


"Heads up I'm in a new uniform. See you out there," Grace wrote over a photo from the UW Indoor Preview in which she wore a non-sponsored, black kit. Before her Oiselle contract ended, Grace was sponsored by the female athletic apparel company since 2012.

While wearing the Nike kit for the first time in competition, Grace paced her NorCal Distance Project teammate Brie Felnagle to a world leading time of 4:27 in the indoor mile. Grace paced her training partner through 1300m in 3:36. Less than an hour later, Grace won the 800m in 2:02.29, breaking her previous indoor 800m personal best. 

Watch Grace and Felnagle's race below:


Watch Grace win the 800 below:


She opened her indoor season by taking down world indoor champion Sifan Hassan in the 3K at the UW Indoor Preview. Grace unleashed a kick to win the race in 8:47.26, which broke Sally Kipyego's previous Dempsey indoor facility record. 


In 2016, Grace experienced a career breakthrough when she won the U.S. Olympic Trials 800m final and earned a spot on the Olympic team for the first time. Grace went on to place eighth in the Olympic final. After Rio, she notched an 800m personal best of 1:58.28 at the Zurich Diamond League meeting.


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