28 Dec '16, 9pm

2016 was a big year for @fastk8 who set 800-meter PRs at the U.S. Track Trials and at the Games.

2016 was a big year for @fastk8 who set 800-meter PRs at the U.S. Track Trials and at the Games.

Kate Grace’s first season on the world-championship level was full of surprise and delight. In July, she pushed past two prerace favorites—who had tangled and fallen—to win the 800-meter 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials and set a personal record. A month later in Rio, she improved her PR to 1:58.79 in the semifinal round and was the lone American in the final. While it was her first time in the big leagues, in some ways Grace says she’s been preparing her whole life. As the daughter of 1980s aerobics icon Kathy Smith, Grace early on learned techniques—like meditation—to deal with pressure. At Yale University, Grace made three NCAA finals in the 800 meters.

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/next-level/kate-graces-big-year

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