Team Usa’s Women’s Track and Field for 2008 Olympics: a Backgrounder


100, 200 meters | Allyson Felix

  • A Two-time world champion in the outdoors for the 200 meter-dash.

  • She had the biggest margin of victory ever in World Championships 200-meter final (2007).

  • She was the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the 200 meters.

  • Has run a 10.93second 100m. this season.

400 meters | Sanya Richards

  • She is the 2006 IAAF world athlete of the year

  • A three-time U.S. champion outdoors

  • A 2004 Olympic gold medalist on the 4×400 relay team.

  • She competed at University of Texas.

800 meters | Alysia Johnson

  • She just completed her college eligibility for California at the NCAA championships

  • She is the reigning U.S. outdoor champion.

  • Her winning time of 1:59.29 at the 2007 NCAA meet is the 3rd fastest in college history.

1,500 meters | Treniere Clement

  • Has won three successive U.S. outdoor championships in the 1,500

  • She was the 2006 U.S. indoor 1,500 champion

  • A sub-2-minute 800 runner.

  • She competed for Georgetown.

5,000 meters | Lauren Fleshman

  • The 2006 U.S. Championship

  • A three-time NCAA champion for Stanford.

  • She is trained by Oregon Coach Vin Lananna.

10,000 meters | Kara Goucher

  • Became the first U.S. woman to medal at the World Championships in the 10,000 by taking the bronze in 2007.

  • Was second in the 5,000 at the 2006 nationals

  • Second Placer in the 10,000 at last year’s U.S. championships.

  • She is trained by Coach Alberto Salazar

Steeplechase | Jennifer Barringer

  • The reigning U.S. champion after winning last season in 9:34.64, then the second-fastest time by a U.S. woman.

  • 2008 NCAA champion for University of Colorado.

100 hurdles | Lolo Jones

  • A two-time reigning U.S. indoor 60-meter champion and 2008 world indoor champion.

  • She placed third in the 2007 U.S. championships outdoors

  • She placed sixth at last year’s World Championships outdoors.

  • Was a three-time national champion

  • Was an 11-time All-American for Louisiana State.

400 hurdles | Tiffany Ross-Williams

  • The reigning U.S. Champion

  • Winner of the 2007 Visa Championship Series.

  • Ranked sixth in the world in 2007 by Track & Field News.

High jump | Amy Acuff

  • Won her first U.S. championship in 1995 and still is among the best in the world. A three-time Olympian and the reigning U.S. champion, she finished fourth in the 2004 Athens Games. Competed for UCLA.

Long jump | Brittney Reese

  • NCAA champion in 2008

  • NCAA champion in 2007

  • Named Southeastern Conference women’s field athlete of the year.

  • Second at the 2007 U.S. Championships

  • Ranked eighth at the World Championships.

Triple jump | Erica McClain

  • She has won seven Pacific-10 Conference titles in either the long or triple jumps, including both events at the 2008 Pac-10 meet.

  • She has won the 2005 U.S. triple jump championship as a Stanford freshman.

  • Third at the U.S. championships outdoors last season.

Pole vault | Jenn Stuczynski

  • A U.S. Record-holder

  • She reset her own record last month at 16- 3/4.

  • She has won three consecutive U.S. outdoor championships

  • She has won three of the last four national championships indoors.

Shot | Kristin Heaston

  • Three-time U.S. champion outdoors and 2004 Olympian.

  • She was the first thrower in the qualifying round in the 2004 Games at Ancient Olympia

  • The first woman to compete there in an Olympiad

Discus | Suzy Powell-Roos

  • U.S. Record-holder

  • She broke a mark that had stood for 21 years by throwing 222-0 last year.

  • The reigning U.S. Champion

  • A two-time Olympian.

  • She finished eighth at last year’s World Championships

Hammer | Brittany Riley

  • Reigning U.S. Champion

  • The 2007 runner-up at the NCAA championships

  • She was the 2005 U.S. junior champion.

Javelin | Dana Pounds

  • Beat U.S. record-holder Kim Kreiner to win the 2007 U.S. Championship

  • She was a runner-up in 2006

  • She was a runner-up in 2005

  • She won back-to-back NCAA titles for the Air Force Academy in 2006

  • She won back-to-back NCAA titles for the Air Force Academy in 2005

  • Sixth at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Heptathlon | Jacquelyn Johnson

  • She won her fourth consecutive Pac-10 heptathlon championship last month for Arizona State, scoring meet-record 6,307 points.

  • She was fifth at the 2007 U.S. championships while a college junior.


Source by Bidz Dela Cruz