The Story Of Two West Virginian Olympic Hopefuls

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 10, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

Both runners were collegiate All-Americans.

They were roommates at the University of West Virginia and now they might become Olympic teammates.

Five years ago, Clara Grandt and Karly Hamric, both teenagers from small West Virginia towns, began their collegiate running career under the tutelage of university coach Sean Cleary. Cleary had decided to put them together in order to help them through a tough transition to collegiate life.

It was a wise decision.

“Rooming with Clara was good,” Hamric says. “She’s a little shy and hard to get to know at first, but we really connected and got along really great. We both struggled a little during our freshman year, but we helped each other through it. She was injured and I was just struggling with the transition and we both kind of helped each other as we went along.”

Grandt went on to garner four All-American honors, while Hamric was awarded two.

They are both now setting their sights to make the U.S. Olympic team and compete in the 2012 Olympics.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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