The former 10,000m American-record holder isn’t booking his 2012 Olympic ticket.
With all the news on Galen Rupp, Matt Tegenkamp, and Dathan Ritzenhein–three runners who have secured their Olympic berth, one American runner isn’t being discussed: Chris Solinsky.
The former University of Wisconsin standout was forced to miss this Olympic cycle due to a torn hamstring.
The Wall Street Journal reports on Solinsky and what it means to him to sit on the sidelines.
He is now calling himself a “cheerleader for my teammates,” referencing Oregon Track Club pals Matt Tegenkamp and Brent Vaughn.
Things have come a long way for Solinsky. In May 2010, at his 10,000m debut, he clocked 26 minutes, 59.6 seconds to become the first non-African to cover the 10,000m under 27 minutes.
But the miles took their toll on him, unfortunately. In the lead-up to the Olympic Trials, Solinsky tore his left hamstring.
He recalls that the injury occurred when he tripped over his dog, Tucker, while going down a set of stairs.
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