Posted: Jun 19, 2012 6:13 PM by Andrew Masuda
Updated: Jun 26, 2012 12:25 AM
Central Coast native Stephanie Brown Trafton officially begins her quest to defend her Beijing Olympic Gold Medal later this week at the 2012 US Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.
The 32 year old has enjoyed an historic outdoor season already in 2012. She set the American record in the discus throw earlier this year with a mark of 222 feet, 3 inches. She broke the previous mark by 3 inches. Trafton also finished first in at least three other meets this year.
The Arroyo Grande High and Cal Poly graduate has thrived after a sore hip almost prevented an Olympic run. "I did the MRI. I actually was cleared for competition and cleared for training so that was a good indicator, I was like okay, it's go time, it's time to get down to business. So I did. I had some great training and I have a great team of people behind me keeping me healthy," said Trafton during a recent visit to the Central Coast.
The women's discus throw qualifying round is Friday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon. The final is Sunday with the top three finishers earning spots on Team USA. Trafton has represented the US in the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games.
Trafton made history in 2008 by winning the first American Olympic Gold Medal in the discus throw since 1932. She won the sport's top honor as a result by taking home the Jesse Owens Award as the top female athlete of the year.
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