Olympic Track 2016

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By Grace Miller

The 2016 summer games have just passed, and it was an exciting two weeks, filled with joy, sadness, relief, and stress. The feeling when you won gold, and when you placed fourth in an event. The Olympics housed some of the most talented and athletic men and women in the world.

I am involved in track at the Santa Barbara Track Club. For me, I was most interested in watching track. I love watching the sprints, and all of the runners go so fast, it was incredible. The Santa Barbara community was very involved in the 2016 Rio games, for example, my coach Barbara Nwaba competed in the Heptathlon. She placed twelfth overall. That was one of the many reason why I was so interested in Track.

My favorite events to run are the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay. Those were some of my favorite to watch as well, but I also loved watching the 400m hurdles, and 400m. In the 100m, Usain Bolt won gold and still holds the world record. Watching him run is like a flash, it is amazing! For the women, Elaine Thompson took home the gold. She was also very fast, and it was surprising how fast she was.

Ashton Eaton won gold in the decathlon in the 2012 London Games, and came back to win gold for a second time in a row in Rio. The decathlon is the men’s version of the heptathlon, which is for women. The decathlon has ten events including 100m, Long jump, shot put, high jump, 400m,110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m. It is over the course of two days as well as the heptathlon.

The youngest Olympic track athlete was in the women’s 400m hurdles, Sydney McLaughlin. She didn’t win a medal, but it was pretty incredible to see a 16 year old run so well with the older Olympians, and being one herself.

I really do enjoy watching the olympics and wish they weren’t every two years, but I’m looking forward to the 2018 winter games!

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