One More Day!

Hey everyone! One more day until I compete! My event is at 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday), and you can check it out online!

There will be a live stream of the Jamaican trials at: http://univsportsfree.fav.cc/livestream.php

Thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes!

-  ♥ Shalina

2012 Jamaican Olymipc Uniforms

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Check out this link to the 2012 Jamaican Olympic teams Uniforms.  My training partner, Olympian, and 400m hurdler Shevon Studdart is the female model posing. Can’t wait to wear this!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/cedella-marley-jamaica-olympic-uniforms_n_1597152.html

 

 

 

Final Sprint

Hey Everyone,

I just want to say training for the Olympics has been such a rewarding and challenging experience.  From the training, to raising support, to just becoming a better all around person.  It’s crazy to think that this journey I have been on for the past two years is finally coming to an end.  The Olympics are a little over a month away, and I compete in the Jamaican Olympic trials in a little over a week!  Here are a few updates from this past month that just seemed to have flown by.

Raising Support

About five weeks ago I reached out to friends and family to raise $4000 for the end of my season.  I have to say that God really showed me how capable he was of providing for me, because donations came from places I least expected.  After about two weeks, I was able to raise the majority of my support for the remainder of my season.  I have to give a special thanks to Chris Livatino, ETHS Athletic Director, for being such pivotal part in helping me raise support. The ETHS and the Evanston community has been one of my biggest supporters during this journey, and I’m so thankful to have them behind me.

Jamaican Olympic Trials

I leave June 24th for the Olympic trials. The Jamaican Olympic trials will take place in Kingston, Jamaica from June 28th to July 1st.  I compete on July 1st.  Since many of you have been asking, the way I make the team is that : 1) I need to place in the top 3 in the final, and 2) Run the Olympic A standard time for my event.

Right now all the times are really close, separated by hundreths of a second.  Since my race will be taking place in Jamaican it will not be streamed on live television in the US. However, it will be streaming live over the internet.  I will post the link towards the end of the week as soon as I get it.

Final Thoughts

I’m feeling really confident going into the trials.  My training has been going extremely well, and I have been able to remain healthy.  What has really helped me the most is having my friends and family encouraging, and praying for me.  Although I have been getting the jitters, I can’t wait to get to Jamaica to compete to make the team.  Its time to make my dream a reality.  Thank you all so much for joining me on my journey!

 

Help me clear the last hurdle

 

Hey Everyone!

 

I’m trying to raise money to cover the expenses for the rest of my season.  This support will cover my travel expenses to my last 2 meets, room and board, food, chiropractor, doctors, etc.   To make a direct donation visit my webpage- ShalinaClarke.com

London here I come!

Racing at Mt. Sac- 12.81!

To view my race from this past weekend, click on the link below

http://www.flotrack.org/embed/NDE5NjMwNTIx?related=1

Competition Update- Mt Sac Relays

Training partner talks with NBC

Hey Everyone,

My training partner Candice Davis-Price was interviewed by NBC about her second go around on training for the Olympics. Candice is an indoor silver medalist, All-American, and USC alum.   Although the video focuses on her journey to the 2012 Olympics, there is a short segment in the video of us training together.  Click on the link below to view the video

USC Grad Second Olympic Chance

Reflections from UCLA meet

Texas Relays

First and foremost, I have to thank my high school, family, and friends for helping me get to Austin, TX for The Texas Relays.  They helped me cover my flight, hotel stay, and meal expense while in Austin this weekend.  They definitely came through in lightening speed when I started questioning if I was going to be able to get to the meet.

My trip to Austin, TX went really well.  I ran 13.10 which is very close to my PR of 13.08!!!  This is great news because this is just my second race of the season, which means I should be well on my way to running sub 13.  I really have my coach to thank for working with me these past 4 months.  He’s shared his time, knowledge, and passion about hurdling.

I spent the rest of my trip bonding with my training mates.  Both who have competed and/or look forward to competing at the next Olympics.  We talked about what to expect, how to prepare, and what some of our hopes and dreams were.  It’s really great to have training partners who are motivated and just as hungry to reach their goals as I am.

Last, but not least, I really have to thank God for providing for me during this time.  It hasn’t been an easy journey, but He’s comforted me and guided me the whole way.

I just want to say thank you again to all who have supported during this time.  London here I come!

The Pasadena City Games!

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Hey Everyone,

Next week I will be opening up in the hurdles at the Pasadena City Games!  I will be running on Saturday, March 24th, at Pasadena Community College.  Tickets will be $10.  If you plan on coming to the meet, please purchase tickets from me! I make a small commission from the tickets I sell.   To contact me shoot me an email at Shalina.Clarke@gmail.com

For more information about the meet please go to thepasadenagames.com/indexd.html

Hope to see you there.