Instead, like many, I was left to first follow the action on Twitter, and then set my DVR to record the event that was shown later that day on NBC. While it was exciting to follow the updates on Twitter, the emotions displayed on TV were far more powerful.
Unlike other countries, who arbitrarily decide their marathon teams, I like the format the U.S. has chosen. Run the qualifying time needed to earn the right to toe the line on the day of the trials, and then let the chips fall where they may. In the end, there weren't any real surprises as the favorites lived up the "hype" and laid down performances that by all accounts leads me to believe that we are sending our strongest team ever to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
GO TEAM USA!!
U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Team
(from left to right: Desiree Davila, Shalane Flanagan, Kara Goucher)
Summer Olympic Marathon Date: August 5, 2012
Men's U.S. Olympic Marathon Team
(from left to right: Ryan Hall, Meb Keflezighi,Abdi Abdirahman )
Summer Olympic Marathon Date: August 12th