Olympic Games Competition: August 15 – 24 at the National Stadium in Beijing.
The United States is coming off its most dominant performance at the 2007 World Championships where Team USA won 14 golds among all medals. That ties the national teams best medal haul to date. Last year Team USA accomplished a new feat, which involved sweeping all relays.
This year it is not quite easy to project a medal count. Olympic track and field head coach Bubba Thorton recently said, “Probably the strongest team we've ever sent to the Olympic Games."
Last year Tyson Gay, Jeremy Wariner, Allyson Felix, and Bernard Lagat, led the national team’s charge to win gold in Osaka last year. Each of the aforementioned athletes are still contenders. Notable is that Lagat won the U.S. first medal ever at 1,500-meters.
This year the U.S. team will likely deliver a mixture of strong performances, upsets, and unforgettable moments.
Sure the athletes will have to adjust to the time and cultural differences in China. But this isn’t their first time off the farm. A majority of the members of Team USA are professional runners that travel to Europe each summer and compete quite well in the IAAF meets on the European track circuit.
- Aug. 15: Men's shot put, women's 10,000 meters
- Aug. 16: Men's 100 meters, women's shot put
- Aug. 17: Men's hammer throw and 10,000 meters; women's 100 meters, triple jump and steeplechase
- Aug. 18: Men's 400 hurdles, long jump and steeplechase; women's discus, pole vault and 800 meters
- Aug. 19: Men's high jump, discus and 1,500 meters; women's 100 hurdles and 400 meters
- Aug. 20: Men's 200 meters; women's 400 hurdles and hammer throw
- Aug. 21: Men's decathlon, triple jump, 400 meters and 110 hurdles; women's javelin and 200 meters
- Aug. 22: Men's 50km walk, pole vault, 4x100 relay and decathlon; women's long jump, 5,000 meters and 4x100 relay
- Aug. 23: Men's javelin, 800 meters, 5,000 meters and 4x400 relay; women's high jump, 1,500 meters and 4x400 relay
- Aug. 24: Men's marathon
By Jay Hicks.