Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ginnie Crawford returns to hurdle wars in Stockholm Friday...

STOCKHOLM, Sweden--Contrary to popular belief, the professional track & field season does not end after the Olympics, as there's about a month of good competition left on the European circuit.

Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford (left/photo by Paul Merca), who finished fourth in the US Olympic Trials, competes Friday in the 100 meter hurdles at the DN Galan meet at Stockholm's Olympic Stadium against a field that includes Americans Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells, the Olympic silver and bronze medalists, respectively.

The DN Galan meet features no less than 11 champions from the London Olympics, including 400 meter runner Sanya Richards-Ross, triple jumper Christian Taylor, and pole vaulter Jenn Suhr.

The IAAF preview of the meet is available here, while the start list is available here.

The meet is available online via (pay-per-view) starting at 11 am, pacific time.


On her Twitter page, former Washington Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin announced that she will undergo surgery on her torn right Achilles tendon, which resulted in her not able to line up for the first round of the women's 1500 at the Olympics.

Both discus thrower Aretha Thurmond and javelin thrower Kara Patterson now have blog posts available about their Olympic experiences, which you can access by clicking the links under their name.

On his Facebook fan page, pole vaulter Brad Walker wrote, "I once again find myself in the not so fun situation of returning home, having to immediately move out of my current living situation, not having a single training partner male or female, nor a pole vault coach at the facility I train at."

Walker, the former Husky and American record holder in the pole vault, has been training at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista for the last two seasons.

OTC resident coach Ty Sevin, who also works with Patterson, has done most of the day-to-day work with Walker. Sevin has recently taken a coaching position with the University of New Orleans.

Patterson recently told that she will continue to work with Sevin on a long distance basis, commuting to New Orleans when she begins throwing after her surgery on her torn left ACL and the rehabilitation process.

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