Today is the day where the journey to London officially begins for the United States, with the 2012 Olympic Trials in Track and Field taking place.
Always one of the marquee sports in any Olympics, this year's crop of competitors in track and field promises to add intrigue and excitement to the 16 events that will be on display today in Eugene, Ore.
With the London Games just over one month away, it is crunch time for these competitors who have been working for this moment their entire lives and only get to showcase their ability on an international stage once every four years.
Unquestionably, the two biggest stars in the field will be Tyson Gay and Walter Dix. Dix was able to medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Tyson is still in search of his first Olympic medal, despite being one of the biggest names in the sport for a long time.
Gay battled injuries four years ago, but he feels much better and is ready to make his mark on the sport this year. He told Joe Battaglia of NBC Olympics that he is a more mature athlete and person now.
My mind was a lot more immature because I was only thinking about breaking records and running fast and my body wasn’t able to handle that at the time. I may have been doing more chasing, especially after running with Usain in New York. He broke the record and I knew I could run faster.
Their quest to challenge Usain Bolt begins right here, on this stage. It is where we found out what separates the men from the boys and the women from the girls.
Where: Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
When: Friday, June 22 at 4 p.m. EST
Watch: NBC Sports Network (9-11 p.m. EST); Live Streaming on NBCOlympics.com
|EVENT||START TIME (EST)|
|Men's 100 Meter||4:00 p.m.|
|Men's Long Jump||4:50 p.m.|
|Women's Discus Throw||5:20 p.m.|
|Men's Shot Put||6:05 p.m.|
|Men's 400 Meter||6:10 p.m.|
|Women's 400 Meter||6:35 p.m.|
|Men's High Jump||7:30 p.m.|
|Women's 800 Meter||8:00 p.m.|
|Men's 800 Meter||8:20 p.m.|
|Women's Pole Vault||8:30 p.m.|
|Women's 100 Meter Hurdles||8:40 p.m.|
|Men's Long Jump||8:45 p.m.|
|Women's 100 Meter||9:00 p.m.|
|Men's 400 Meter||9:30 p.m.|
|Men's 10,000 Meter||9:45 p..m.|
|Women's 10,000 Meter||10:20 p.m.|
Information courtesy of TrackTown12.com
Opening ceremony and national anthem starts at 7 p.m. EST
A complete list of athletes competing in Friday's events can be found at USA Track & Field by clicking here.