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Downhill Speed Skating
6:06 am
Wed July 4, 2012

'Festival Of Speed' Brings Skateboarding Couple To Southeast Wash.

Racers jostle and draft for position in the first turns of Maryhill Loop Road in the Columbia River Gorge.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

Each year on a long, steep stretch of looping highway in southeast Washington, hundreds of skateboarders test their grit. A helmet, a leather body suit and wicked skill are all that stand between glory and a face full of asphalt. It’s called the Maryhill Festival of Speed near Goldendale. Correspondent Anna King caught up with one young couple that travels the world for downhill skateboarding.

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Olympic Trials
6:34 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Disproportionately High Number Of Northwest Runners On Team USA

Historic Hayward Field in Eugene hosted the 2012 Olympic Track & Field Trials.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Two more runners and two javelin throwers from the Northwest claimed spots in the London Olympics on the final scheduled day of competition at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.

Runners, jumpers and throwers from the Northwest performed well in these Olympic Trials. In fact, more than 20 percent of the athletes on the U.S. Olympic track and field team have ties to our region. Correspondent Tom Banse looked for reasons behind the disproportionately high local representation.

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Olympic Pole Vaulter
7:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Second Time The Charm For Washington’s Olympic Pole Vaulter?

A pole vaulter with roots in Seattle and Spokane hopes the second time will be the charm at the Olympics. Brad Walker secured a return trip to the Summer Games with a first place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene Thursday night. Back in 2008, the former University of Washington Husky set a new American record, qualified for the Olympic team, but then didn’t clear a single height at the Beijing Olympics. Walker says he wants “redemption” very badly this summer.

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Olympic Trials
7:25 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Good Night For Northwest Olympic Hopefuls At U.S. Track & Field Trials

It was a good night for local Summer Olympics hopefuls Thursday in Eugene. A very good night, in fact. A half dozen athletes with ties to the Northwest earned spots in the London Games. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.

The capacity crowd at Eugene’s historic Hayward Field saved its biggest roar for last… for the dramatic finish in the men’s 5000 meters.

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Olympic Racewalking
7:23 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Eugene Native Looks To Represent The US In Racewalking At The Olympics

Eugene has a long history as the adopted home of Olympic track and field hopefuls. But it’s very rare for a serious contender to actually be born and raised in the city. On Sunday a true local girl will be competing at Hayward, and she has a legitimate shot at making the team in perhaps the most unusual of the track events. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

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Olympic Runners
6:18 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Olympic Qualifying Action Resumes With Portland's Rupp Trying for 'Double'

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field resume Thursday afternoon in Eugene after a two day rest break. Thursday night, more athletes with Northwest ties step to the starting line than on any other day of the event. Correspondent Tom Banse has this preview.

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Olympic Runners
6:15 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Several Northwest Runners Advance To Finals In Men’s 5000 Meter

At the Olympic trials Monday, several Oregon runners - including Galen Rupp of Portland - advanced to the finals in the men’s 5,000 meter race. As KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports, a former lost boy of Sudan and two Kenyan brothers also have the chance to represent the U.S. in London.

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Olympic Hopefuls
6:09 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Fourth And Fifth Place Good Enough For Some Local Olympic Hopefuls

High jumper Jesse Williams of Eugene qualified for the Summer Olympics despite finishing fourth at the U.S. Team Trials.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A fourth or fifth place finish tends to bring excruciating disappointment at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Top three qualify for the Summer Olympics, normally. But fourth and fifth place was good enough Monday night for two Olympic hopefuls from the Northwest. Correspondent Tom Banse has the explanation from the track and field team trials in Eugene.

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Olympic Runner
6:04 am
Tue June 26, 2012

Boise-Native Nick Symmonds Is Heading Back To The Olympics

In the men’s 800 meter race Monday, Boise-native Nick Symmonds, now of Springfield, Oregon, clocked the fastest time by an American at Hayward Field. As KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports, it earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

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Olympic Qualifiers
7:04 am
Mon June 25, 2012

More Olympic Qualifying Action On Tap In Eugene Today

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team qualifying action continues Monday at Hayward Field in Eugene with the possibility of another all-Oregon podium sweep. Three Eugene-based runners are in the final of the men’s 800 meters. Earlier this weekend, three Portland runners swept the men’s 10,000 meters race at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for track and field. Still, the talk of Tracktown remains the world record breaking performance in the decathlon by Oregon native Ashton Eaton. Bryan Clay was the 2008 Olympic decathlon champion, but in these Trials he trailed far behind Eaton.

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