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Rio 2016: Awarding the Olympic Spirit

Rio 2016: Awarding the Olympic Spirit

While the petition to get Abbey D’Agostino to serve as the flagbearer for the closing ceremonies did not work, D’Agostino and New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin were honored in a different way by the Olympic community. At the end of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, the International Fair Play Committee and the International Olympic Committee awarded the […]


Rio 2016: Running Down the Dream

Rio 2016: Running Down the Dream

In her post-race interview after the women’s 800m semifinal round, Kate Grace admitted that she had a goal list for the year, and that her “dream dream” goal was to make it to the Olympic finals (her “dream” goal was making it to the Olympic Games). Last night, she got to run her dream.  Running […]


Rio 2016: Petition to Reward Good Sportsmanship

Rio 2016: Petition to Reward Good Sportsmanship

The story of Abbey D’Agostino’s 5km race at the Olympics has become one of the biggest stories of the week.  Her story has been recounted on numerous media websites including NBC News,  YahooSports, BBC, Sports Illustrated, and the Boston Herald (just to name a few); she’s been interviewed on CNN (shown above with her coach […]


Rio 2016: That’s Our Kate

Rio 2016: That's Our Kate

Kate Grace picked another great time to set a new personal best. In the women’s 800m semifinal, she had to go up against the likes of gold medal favorite Caster Semenya of South Africa, Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, and Belarus’ Marina Arzamasova – all women who entered the event with faster times than Grace. Only the […]


Rio 2016: Not Today

Rio 2016: Not Today

Stephen Mozia entered the Olympic Games shot put qualifying round with the third best mark in the world.  In our minds, he was a dark horse contender for an Olympic medal.  Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as Mozia did not qualify for the finals.  He only had one legal throw in the competition […]


Rio 2016: Trying to Advance

Rio 2016: Trying to Advance

Bruno Hortelano was a part of a second photo finish during these Olympic Games.  In his 200m semifinal heat, Hortelano was a part of a pack of four with USA’s Justin Gatlin, the Netherlands’ Churandy Martina, and Panama’s Alonso Edwards that crossed the finish in a close pack.  Only the top 2 were guaranteed a […]


Rio 2016: Only So Much You Can Do

Rio 2016: Only So Much You Can Do

Donn Cabral had goals of placing better in the Olympic finals of the steeplechase than he did in the London Games, where he had finished eighth.  Step one was making it to the finals, which he did earlier this week.  Step two was making sure to race and finish.  That he did. From the gun, […]


Rio 2016: D’Ags Out of 5km Final

Rio 2016: D'Ags Out of 5km Final

USATF announced this morning that Abbey D’Agostino will not be able to compete in tomorrow’s 5km final due to extensive injuries to her right knee that she sustained when she fell during yesterday’s preliminary round. The MRI images taken after the race showed D’Ags had a complete tear of her right ACL, a meniscus tear, and […]


Rio 2016: Embodying the Olympic Spirit

Rio 2016: Embodying the Olympic Spirit

The Olympic Games is more than just about the competition.  It’s also about good sportsmanship to fellow athletes from around the world, whether or not you’ve ever seen them before.  Examples of the true Olympic spirit don’t really show themselves until a really dramatic moment appears during competition. The latest example occurred this morning during […]


Rio 2016: Second Chance At Making Finals

Rio 2016: Second Chance At Making Finals

Two of our returning Olympians competed in their preliminary rounds this hot and humid morning at the Maracana Stadium. Donn Cabral did enough in his steeplechase preliminary heat to advance to his second Olympic final.  In heat three, he had the advantage knowing that he needed to run sub-8:30 in order to advance as it […]


Rip 2016: Pull It Out From Inside

Rip 2016: Pull It Out From Inside

Yesterday, Alexi Pappas shared the following poem “Before” that she wrote for Women Running magazine: face the thing before I do the thing so when I imagine the thing I know what color its eyes where it is ticklish what makes it cry the spots it is shy the cracks where bravery hides so that […]


Rio 2016: Time to Head to Maracana

Rio 2016: Time to Head to Maracana

The Olympic track & field action kicks off today, and two HepsNation women will be in the mix. Alexi Pappas will participate in the first final on the track – the women’s 10km.  This will be the second time Pappas will race the 10km in a Greek uniform (third time as a Greek national athlete).  […]


Rio 2016: Let the Games Begin!

Rio 2016: Let the Games Begin!

The athletes have arrived, Brazil has started the party, and cauldron is on fire – let the Games begin! Our Ivies in Rio will have a week before they get the chance to compete; hopefully this is enough time to recover from the Opening Ceremonies party. Nikki Okwelogu will be the first to compete as […]


Rio 2016: Traveling to Rio [UPDATED]

Rio 2016: Traveling to Rio [UPDATED]

Just about 24 hours to go until the lighting of the Olympic cauldron, and our Ivy Olympians are making their way down to Rio de Janeiro.  Fortunately for us, they decided to take some photos of their journey. For Team USA, they had to head to Houston, Tex., prior to traveling to Rio for Team […]


Rio 2016: Akua to Roar in Rio

Rio 2016: Akua to Roar in Rio

As I was working on my final preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, I discovered I had missed an athlete who is now an Olympian. Columbia’s rising junior Akua Obeng-Akrofi will be going to Rio de Janeiro as a member of Ghana’s 4×100 relay team.  Obeng-Akrofi has previously competed in Ghana’s 4×100 relay during […]


Rio 2016: Team Cornell Up to Five

Rio 2016: Team Cornell Up to Five

Cornell will have a fifth member of their track & field/cross-country family trekking to Rio de Janeiro for the next Olympic Games.  Former head coach Nathan Taylor will making his second trip to the Olympic Games to coach the U.S.V.I track & field team.  He will be sharing head coaching responsibility of the Olympic team […]


Still Looking For Some Change

Still Looking For Some Change

Back in 2012, Brett questioned the right of a governing body to essentially block Team USA athletes from being able to promote their own brand if they are sponsored by companies that are not “approved” by said governing body.  It is called Rule 40, which aims to control the image of an Olympian for advertising […]


Rio 2016: Official Team USA [UPDATED]

Rio 2016: Official Team USA [UPDATED]

The wait is over – Rudy and Conor are going to Rio. USATF officially announced at 1:30PM ET on Thursday that the IAAF has extended invitations to Rudy Winkler and Conor McCullough to compete at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Winkler and McCullough will be joined by 2012 Olympic hammer […]


Rio 2016: International Olympians [UPDATED]

Rio 2016: International Olympians [UPDATED]

The Olympic qualification window officially ended on Monday, and with that, many nations are releasing their Olympic rosters.  We know a number of HepsNation athletes that have qualified for the Olympics that start on August 5th to 21st in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – but they won’t be considered Olympians until the rosters have officially […]


2016 Trials: D’Ags to Rio!

2016 Trials: D'Ags to Rio!

Just because the racing is done doesn’t mean the Trials weren’t over. Mark Coogan – former Dartmouth coach and Abbey D’Agostino’s coach at New Balance – announced to Letsrun’s Robert Johnson last night that D’Agostino is on the USA Olympic team as both Molly Huddle and Emily Infeld have elected to run the 5km in […]


2016 Trials: Four More Years to Wait

Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard ’19) was going to be happy regardless of how her Trials 200m final went today.  She was proud going into this final that she made it that far and compete against such high caliber competition, and it would be just a bonus if she got onto the Olympic team. If she was […]


2016 Trials: Dependent on the Fate of Others

2016 Trials: Dependent on the Fate of Others

Back in 2012, Dartmouth junior Abbey D’Agostino came within 0.19 seconds of making Team USA in the women’s 5,000m. This year, she was hoping to not come that close to missing out again, despite the fact she had a late start to her outdoor season due to a stress fracture after the indoor season. In […]


2016 Trials: Near Misses

2016 Trials: Near Misses

Autumne Franklin (Harvard ’16) had a spectacular run in the women’s 400m hurdles.  Even though she was featured as a passing comment from time-to-time by NBC throughout the rounds, not many track experts anticipated the Harvard graduate the make the final.  But Franklin made it through the rounds by taking automatic berths and proved she […]


Last Chance for Rio on Day 10

Last Chance for Rio on Day 10

Day 10 Start Lists | Live Results | #tracktown16 The final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials. How many more will join Kate Grace, Sean Furey, Rudy Winkler (pending IAAF invite), and Conor McCullough (pending IAAF invite) on that plane to Rio?  Five more athletes are in contention as they already have the Olympic standard […]