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Let the games begin

Tracking the Trials
Blake Risner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Hello from Eugene, Oregon ” “Track Town, USA.” Many of you that know me understand that the sport of track and field is never very far from my mind. Like a dream come true, I am about to immerse myself in the sport by attending the 2008 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Eight days of competition begin today to determine which athletes will represent the red, white and blue later this summer at the Olympic Games in Bejing, China.

Now I have been very privileged to work with some great athletes at Glenwood Springs High School, but the Eugene Trials will showcase the absolute best that America has to offer.

And what a place for this national championship meet! Fabled Hayward Field will host its fourth Olympic Trials (’72, ’76 and ’80). The University of Oregon and the city of Eugene have gone all out for this one, including a multi-million dollar stadium and track renovation. Take the time to learn more about this event by logging on to http://www.eugene08.com.

The Post Independent has granted me the opportunity to update its readers on the progress of the Trials and provide some personal feedback on the sights and sounds of this experience. I look forward to every moment of action between now and July 6.

Whether on the track or in the field, each and every event can provide drama and excitement, and each has its own storyline and I hope to bring a few of those stories to your attention.

Hello to Bryce and Bailey.

Blake Risner

Glenwood Springs High School

track and field coach

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