U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials: 12 Runners To Watch

Four years ago Desiree Davila was happy to qualify for the Olympic Trials. This time around, anything short of a spot on the team would be a disappointment. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Kara Goucher

Kara Goucher would love to represent the U.S. in the marathon at next summer's Olympics in London. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The Houston race will be Goucher’s first trip to the Olympic Marathon Trials, but she’s no rookie when it comes to racing the distance. Fifth at the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best 2:24:52, Goucher has shown she hasn’t lost a step since returning from maternity leave early last year. After representing the U.S. in the 10,000m at the World Championships last summer, Goucher took some time off to let old injuries heal. She also left her longtime coach, Alberto Salazar, to train with the aforementioned Flanagan and be coached by Jerry Schumacher. There’s no doubt that this dymanic duo would love to punch their ticket to London together.

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