Yes, Michelle Suszek is a go-go dancer. And yes, she’s already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston.
Suszek, who currently lives in Lyons, Colorado and dances at the Ultra Sheer Nightclub, will be toeing the line at this weekend’s ING New York City Marathon. She’s run a 2:38 and is hoping to whittle her time down to the low 2:30s in order to have a chance at making the U.S. squad for the 2012 Olympics in London. She ran in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and placed 60th there with a a 2:45 finishing time.
Suszek, 28, grew up in Michigan and ran track at UNLV. She has to balance a tough schedule–dancing late at night and then running 20-milers the next morning. She considers these challenges something that helps her compete. “I use that as a mental strategy in my racing,” she said. “I think to myself, ‘Nobody else had to dance four hours, run 20 miles, sleep only a few hours and do it all again the next day.’ ”
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