FFF: Highlights of the Olympic Trials

Schedule and Results: 2021 US Olympic Track and Field Trials - LetsRun.com

Believe it or not, when the Olympics are on TV, I prefer to watch gymnastics and swimming.

But this year, as a runner, I decided to watch the track events on the Olympic Trials. (Even you go to bed early, you could have watched them all on YouTube.)

And they sure did not disappoint.

Now I am even more excited for the Olympics.

Revised) Tokyo 2020 Olympic Timetable for Track & Field, and the 400-200 Double

Here are some of the things that stood out for me:

1. The Heat.

Yikes. 100 degrees temps. Many events postponed to earlier when the temps were cooler.

Competitor Faints At Olympic Trials Due To Extreme Heat | The Daily Caller

However, the women’s 5000m final did go off in 94 degree heat.

Um, 50 degrees is my ideal temp for running.

Kudos to those runners for running in these temps and doing so well.

2. Longevity

Allyson Felix made her fifth Olympics team. What an amazing career she has had (and two kids along the way.)

She is an inspiring woman runner.  Will she retire or go for #6?

What We Learned From Day 3 of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials - The New York Times

3. New Roles

Former 2008 and 2021 Olympian, Kara Goucher did not compete but instead she was a commentator for NBC.

Kara Goucher won't race U.S. Olympic Trials, report says - OlympicTalk | NBC Sports

And she was great. I really enjoyed her intelligent and knowledgeable remarks.

Olympics: NBC hires Goucher as distance analyst | Duluth News Tribune

4. Good/Bad

Rio 2016: 'Olympic spirit' illustrated by Nikki Hamblin, Abbey D'Agostino after fall on track - ABC News

The Good: Abby Cooper ran the Olympic Standard in 5000m in her comeback (Remember her 2016 collision and subsequent knee surgery.)
The Bad: The next day Abby only came in 4th and does not get an Olympic berth in the 5000m.

2021 Olympic Trials - Abbey Cooper Hits the 5,000-Meter Olympic Standard

5. Sad News.

Sha’Carri Richardson won the 100m.

2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials - Day 2

Then she failed a drug test (for marijuana) and will not be able to compete in the Olympics.

The Undefeated on Twitter: "Nike is sticking with its athlete, Sha'Carri Richardson, after she tests positive for cannabis and is disqualified from competing in the Tokyo Olympics' 100m race. (Via @aardodson)… https://t.co/7AfguC0OYJ"

One extra – Fashion:

Emily Sisson had to drop out of the Marathon trials but redeemed herself winning the 10,000m wearing a pair of her husband’s Goodrs. (My favorite sunglasses).

us olympic track and field team trials

Christina Clemons made her first Olympic team in the 100m Hurdles and wore a pair of Doritos earrings. (I like Doritos too)

us olympic track and field team trials

Happy Running! Did you watch the Olympic Trials? If so, what did you enjoy most??  Please share.







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22 thoughts on “FFF: Highlights of the Olympic Trials

  1. Yes, I watched! So many great moments, and like you said I’m even more excited for the Olympics (coming up SOON!!!).
    What did you think of the Sha’Carri debacle? On the one hand it seems silly that it’s a banned substance that will keep her out of the Olympics (it’s not a performance enhancer after all, if anything the opposite) but on the other hand if you know it’s banned, pretty stupid to smoke before the trials!

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  2. I don’t watch much TV, other than NCAA basketball and football, or a few minutes of the news (for the weather)…so the TV stuff is never on my radar. I did see some video coverage on a Facebook page, though. I love the gymnastics the most!


  3. I did not watch the trials!! But I am so looking forward to seeing various athletes from the Dutch team. Well and to be honest from the American team too. It is so hard when my heart is split into two like this!! I’m also really keen to see the Dutch Women’s Football (Soccer) team – our first game is next WEDNESDAY!!! I’m going to have to wear my Orange for Football but I’ll be keeping an eye out on the US women as well…

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  4. I’m so disappointed with how this is all being handled, Becca Meyers has to drop out because they won’t allow her care provider, the women having to fight to bring the babies they’re nursing-not to mension Sha’Carri Richardson and the short shorts dramaz. I don’t watch them anyway, but don’t think I’d be excited this year with all the nonsense going on.

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    • I was excited before all this drama and COVID-19 cases.

      I feel bad for all those athletes that trained so hard and this year is their only shot.


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