By Chris Hassel
Lolo did it. Many people (including me) didn’t think she would make the Olympic team, but she did. It was nice to see that ol’ Lolo smile return after placing third in the 100m hurdle final. You could say that 4 years of hard work came down to 12 seconds, but in actuality, it was .04 seconds. Lolo just nipped 4th place finisher, Virginia Crawford.
After the Lolo’s semifinal run of 12.75 seconds, I said on Twitter that she would have to run a better race to make the team because she placed 5th out of the 8 finalist. A track coach that I went to college with told me not to worry about how the time stacked up, because they’re racing other competitors, not the clock. He was right. Lolo was slower in the final, finishing in 12.86 seconds.
Former UNI track star, Tyler Mulder, is also on track to make the U.S. Olympic squad. Mulder won his heat in the 800m dash, Saturday. Mulder runs in the 800m finals, Monday night.
The weather in Eugene has been nothing short of awful. Keith has been wet and cold the entire trip. Reminds me a lot of his last trip; the 2010 Orange Bowl in Miami. Keith and Andy suffered through record-low temps. In fact, it was warmer in Iowa than it was on South Beach.
Keith interviewed Bruce Jenner, today. I’m sure it was a huge thrill for Keith, considering his love-affair with the Kardashians. I’m willing to bet that there are more people that know Bruce Jenner as Mr. Kardashian than the 1976 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon.
Former Cyclone, Lisa Uhl, qualified for the Olympics in the 10,000m in a very unique way. Uhl’s shoe came untied just a few laps in, so Uhl (unseen by the NBC cameras) stopped and tied it. She lost a lot of track space, but was still able to catch the leaders. Then with a couple miles to go, her shoe came untied again! This time Uhl didn’t stop. She finished 4th with an untied shoe, and qualified for the London Olympics. That’s perseverance.
I was craving some Peace Tree Blonde Fatale so much, Friday, that I went to Hy-Vee and bought a sixer. It was over $14! I think I made up for it, this morning, when I went to the Banana Republic sale and got a purple sweater for $3. I think it’s cashmere, but I didn’t find any small red dots on it, Seinfeld fans.