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Oregon native Ashton Eaton installed himself as a gold medal favorite at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a dominating victory at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials this weekend. Eaton set a new world record in the decathlon as he qualified for Team USA. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the Olympic Trials in Eugene.

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A dark horse in the sprints. A mother who’s competed at three prior Olympics. And a former NCAA pole vault champion from the University of Oregon. Those are your three newest U.S. Olympians with Northwest ties. Correspondent Tom Banse has their stories from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field in Eugene.

Oregon native Ryan Bailey showed early potential on the track. But few would’ve predicted a trip to the Summer Olympics for this formerly troubled football and track athlete from Salem. Yet that’s the unlikely turnabout Bailey can tell you now that’s he sprinted his way onto Team USA. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track and field in Eugene.

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Two Eugene-based athletes competing in the Olympic Track and Field Trials, which start this week, are also entrepreneurs. Lauren Fleshman and fellow runner Stephanie Rothstein have a two-year-old business making dairy and gluten free energy bars.

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Qualifying action for the 2012 Summer Olympics is happening in three Northwest cities this week. The U.S. Olympic Trials in diving are underway in Federal Way, Wash. Meanwhile, track and field qualifying starts with a hammer throw competition on the Nike campus in Beaverton, Ore., Thursday. The rest of the track team selection unfolds in Eugene starting on Friday. Team USA is likely to be well-stocked with Northwest athletes.

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Dozens of Northwest runners, jumpers and throwers will compete for slots on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team starting this weekend. Once again Eugene, Ore., is hosting the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field. The qualifying action could help determine whether the London Games this summer feature a love story.

Northwest Woman Gets Second Chance At Olympic Boxing

Jun 19, 2012
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Some of the best sports stories are about second chances, and this week a female boxer from Seattle got her second chance at Olympic gold. The international governing body for boxing awarded Queen Underwood a wild card spot at the first-ever tournament for women’s boxing in the Olympics.

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Forty-eight years have passed since an American has won an Olympic medal in the men's 10,000 meter run. The USA’s best hope for the upcoming London Games is Portland distance runner Galen Rupp.

You can watch Rupp attempt to qualify for the Olympics next Friday night. Rupp is coached by a running legend from the 1980s, Oregon marathoner Alberto Salazar. Correspondent Tom Banse reports Salazar is trying to help the younger runner avoid mistakes he made.

Elite Northwest runners and throwers tested themselves against Olympic-caliber competition this weekend in Eugene. Some athletes found the experience sobering, while others drew encouragement with about two months to go before the Summer Olympics. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eugene.

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The U.S. women's basketball team dominated China in an exhibition game played in Seattle Saturday. Final score: 100 to 62. The prelude to an upcoming Summer Olympics showdown coincided with the U.S. squad's first team training camp. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on why that's in Seattle.

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Some Olympic hopefuls are lucky. They have six-figure endorsement contracts and can concentrate solely on training for peak performance. More commonly, dreams of Olympic glory mean scrounging for dollars. One runner from Eugene even auctioned his left shoulder on eBay recently. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on some creative personal fundraising by elite local athletes.

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PORTLAND – Organizers of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials say they’re on track for a sellout for the eight day event in Eugene. Single day event tickets go on sale Friday morning. University of Oregon associate athletic director Vin Lananna predicts they’ll disappear fast.

Northwest Boxer Wins At Olympic Trials

Feb 20, 2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - A 27-year-old pipe fitter from the Northwest has earned a spot on the USA's first-ever women's Olympic boxing team. Queen Underwood of Seattle is considered to be one of the top contenders for the gold in boxing – male or female – at the 2012 London Games. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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This year, women will box for the gold for the first time ever at the Summer Olympics in London. One of the top contenders is a boxer from the Northwest named Queen Underwood. Jessica Robinson reports.

When You Think Spokane, City Wants You To Think Sports

Feb 9, 2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - The best amateur women boxers from around the country will participate in a historic event next week : team trials for the first-ever Olympic women's boxing competition. The location for the event is Spokane. As Jessica Robinson reports, the city has worked to brand itself as a sports destination.

Three Sisters Don't Pull Punches In Former Men-Only Sport

Feb 9, 2012
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WENATCHEE, Wash. - Up until the last few decades it was considered indecent for women to box. This year, women’s boxing will make its Olympic debut in the Summer Games of London. The contenders for the first-ever U.S. Olympic women's boxing team face off in Spokane Feb. 13-19. It's a big development on the international stage. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the face of boxing has already been changing in small clubs across the Northwest.

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