I just came across some summary articles of the Women’s Olympic Marathon. Wow! Us Americans seriously had a rough time. I don’t know that much about any other women’s participants except for Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher, but those have really interesting and sad stories. It sounds like the two of them trained and worked their butts (and legs! and arms!) off only to have a less-than-great finish. What a bummer! Though neither of them completely left the course like some injured competitors, they still had some serious issues with cramping.
What I wanted to point out, though, is how incredible they both point out their working relationship is. They have different competing styles but try to admire each other and hope for the best for the USA, not just individuals.
Coming from (and going back to in 4 days!!) a school that was notorious for a fierce competitive spirit it’s refreshing to hear about two women who tried for the best in each and literally supported each other when the going got tough.
I read these two articles about the race which I completely missed on TV. When was it, even?
Recap post by the Denver Post
ESPNW post with some good quotes from both
I can’t wait to see what these two do in the future!
Also, shoutout to us Pacific Northwesterners! Both these ladies trained in Oregon. Who knew?