Originally written on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 7/14/14
When Hickory High School advanced to the state championship in the movie Hoosiers, coach Norman Dale had to remind Jimmy Chitwood and the gang that just because the stage got bigger, it doesn't mean the dimensions of the court changed. The floor was still the same size. The rim was still the same height. "I think you'll find these exact same measurements as our gym back at Hickory," said Coach Dale in a role portrayed by Gene Hackman. USA hurdler Dawn Harper subscribes to the same school of thought. Before racing on the big stage in 2008, she had to remind herself that it was the same race and the 100m hurdles didn't, all of a sudden, become a longer race. That stage was the Beijing Olympics. Harper won and brought home a gold medal. Gold is normally a big deal but it took a back seat when Harper won the race that Lolo Jones failed to medal in after stumbling over a hurdle in the finals. Harper was overlooked. Last month, the reigning Olympic champion took first at the Olymp...
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