The 2012 Summer Games track and field events officially kicked off on Friday, August 3rd and history will be made once all is said and done. Meet the ladies whose names will be added alongside such legends as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Wilma Rudolph, Wyomia Tyus and Florence Griffith-Joyner.
1. Sanya Richards-Ross
She is the odds-on favorite in the 4x100-meter women’s hurdles at the 2012 London Olympics. Originally from Jamaica, Richards-Ross was granted American citizenship at age 12.
2. Allyson Felix
The world champion sprinter listens to Jay-Z and applies MAC makeup before she races. The world champion sprinter listens to Jay-Z and applies MAC makeup before she races.
3. Lolo Jones
The American track star is looking for redemption in the form of a gold medal! Although she was a favorite to win the womens 100 meter hurdles in the 2008 Olympics, Lolo tripped on the penultimate hurdle and ended up finishing in seventh place.
4. Dawn Harper
When Dawn Harper was in sixth grade, she says, Jackie Joyner-Kersee pulled her aside at track practice and said, “I see something special in you.” That moment stuck. After making the 2008 Olympic Team by seven-thousandths of a second, Harper shocked the world by winning gold in the 100m hurdles.
5. Carmelita Jeter
Four years after failing to make Team USA for the Beijing Games, Jeter has transformed herself into a force to be reckoned with in London.
6. Tianna Madison
Madison, a 2005 world long-jump champion, made her Olympics debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
7. Chaunte Lowe
The 31-year-old Decatur resident is one of the three women on the U.S. high jump team and one of two who also happen to be mothers. Chaunte will start a new career when the school year begins as a math teacher.
8. Dee Dee Trotter
She is the founder of Test Me I'm Clean, a charity dedicated to combating the abuse of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
9. Brittany Reese
Reese broke a record previously held by Jackie Joyner-Kersee, a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
10. Veronica Campbell-Brown
Currently in a eight-year rivalry with fellow track star Allyson Felix. This Jamaican will be fighting for gold in both the 100 and 200.
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