Amanda Smock: Peaking at the Right Time

Amanda Smock can appreciate the supreme disappointment felt by 90% of the athletes that competed in the Olympic Trials last month in Eugene, Oregon.  In 2008 at the Trials, Amanda placed fifth in the triple jump, failing to qualify for a trip to Beijing.  And following that failure, she was tempted to set aside her … Read more

Team USA Olympic Track and Field Athletes on Twitter

Team USA Olympic Track and Field Athletes on Twitter

Looking for the Twitter accounts for the Olympic athletes of Team USA Track and Field?   Below is the list I compiled for the 127 athletes (although not all team members use Twitter).  If you find any inaccuracies or additions that need to be made, tweet me at @MyAthleticLife or leave a comment below. Update: … Read more

A Unique Olympic Opportunity for UNC Graduate Liz Mott

Over the past year I have enjoyed getting to know Liz Mott, an exceptional 400 meter track athlete who recently graduated from the University of North Carolina.  And last week while dropping off my sons at UNC track camp, I had a chance to chat with her.  I knew that Liz had been thinking about … Read more

Amanda Beard: The Limitation of Labels

Amanda Beard

“People call these things imperfections, but they’re not, aw, that’s the good stuff. ” – Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting By all outward appearances, Amanda Beard’s life looks like a fairy tale.  As a 3-time Olympian and a 7-time Olympic medalist in swimming, Amanda has accomplished more as a competitive athlete than most people can … Read more

Track and Field Resources

Track and Field Resources

Much like the cicadas that emerge every thirteen years to bask in glory for a few weeks, the world of track and field is starting to buzz again.  You see, we have less than one month until the 2012 Olympic Trials, followed by the London Games in July.  This means that the general public, not … Read more