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Lewy Boulet Looking Toward London

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Oct. 8, 2010
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

U.S. Olympian using this weekend’s Chicago Marathon as a stepping stone to Olympic redemption.

Magdalena Lewy Boulet surprised more than a few people when she made the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the marathon, but a freak knee injury just before the start of the race in Beijing forced her to drop out at the 10-mile mark. In the two years since that unfortunate incident, however, Lewy Boulet has solidified herself as one of the top female marathoners in the United States, breaking the 2 hour and 30 minute barrier earlier this year in Rotterdam, running 2:26:22, a time she hopes to better on Sunday when she lines up for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The fourth-fastest U.S. female marathoner in history, the 36-year-old Lewy Boulet is using this weekend’s race as a stepping stone back to the Olympic Games, where she hopes to reverse the bad luck that haunted her two years ago.

“I would like a little redemption,” Lewy Boulet said.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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