Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/30/12
The Olympics have begun, and a number of local athletes are in London representing the US. Galen Rupp is a legitimate threat in the 10,000 meter run, an event that hasn’t seen an American on the medal stand since Billy Mills in 1964. The skinny kid from Central Catholic has grown up to be a world-class distance runner with a legitimate shot at a medal. Ashton Eaton is the current record-holder and favorite to win the gold in the men’s decathlon. Not bad for a kid from rural eastern Oregon. He could restore the decathlon to the prominence it enjoyed when Bruce Jenner won gold in Montreal in 1976. He’s not likely to marry a Kardashian, which is a good thing…for his fiancée, UO grad and Canadian Olympian heptathlete Brianne Theisen. The local athlete who’ll leave London with a very special memory regardless of how well she competes is Beaverton’s Mariel Zagunis, a 27-year-old fencer. Competing in her third Olympics, Zagunis was chosen by her teammates to carry the American flag dur...
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