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The 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Track & Field are set to begin Thursday night with the finals in both men's and women's hammer throw, and then things really pick up over the weekend.
Sports Illustrated has the Athletes to Watch, led by Allyson Felix, who was planning to run the 100m, 200m and 400m. She won the silver in the 200m in the past two Olympics, which is why Michael Johnson is advising her to just focus on the 200m that and not worry about the 400m.
Felix began training in earnest for a 200-400 double about a year ago. She tried for the double at world championships last year and ended up with disappointing results: third in the 200 and second in the 400.
"Last year was the first time attempting the double for her," Johnson said. "That was eight years into her career. I'd have attempted something like that many, many years before that, learned from it and created a strategy from a competition standpoint that lent itself to eventually being successful at the double."
And she apparently listened -- Felix is now listed as "scratched" from the 400m.
David Boudia and Cassidy Krug are leading the men's 10M Platform and women's 3M Springboard semifinals, respectively, after Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Diving. The finals for both events are Saturday.
Wednesday night's schedule is the semifinals for both men's 3M Springboard and women's 10M Platform.
In other news ...
Following the report from Britain's Sunday Times that the London Games are awash in a black-market ticket scandal, the IOC announced on Wednesday it has delayed the start of ticket sales for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Spain announced on Wednesday that Rafael Nadal will carry the country's flag during the Opening Ceremony.
Usain Bolt already has his victory speech prepared? Of course he does.
Fans of both U.S. track & field trials and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" (obviously a big crossover demo) will be happy to learn that the whole family will be in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend as U.S. Track and Field honors Bruce Jenner, gold medal winner in the 1976 decathlon, and wife to Kris.