London Olympics 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D. http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-runner-has-eyes-two-prizes-olympics-phd Among the dozens of athletes hoping to leap, throw or run their way to London as part of the U.S. track and field team is 24-year-old runner Shannon Leinert.<p>Leinert, who will compete in the 800-meter dash, has dreamed of the Olympics since she was 10 and winning races in St. Louis, her hometown. If that weren't enough, she's also working on a doctoral degree in special education.<p>Leinert now trains at the University of Missouri-Columbia track that revived her college career and allowed her to think seriously about the Olympics. Wed, 20 Jun 2012 14:24:00 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 3950 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Runner Has Eyes On Two Prizes: Olympics, Ph.D. Gymnasts come to St. Louis for shot at Olympic team dream http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/gymnasts-come-st-louis-shot-olympic-team-dream <p>The road to the Olympics in London passes through St. Louis this week.</p><p>Starting tomorrow, some of the world&#39;s top gymnasts will be competing at the Chaifetz Arena for a spot on Team USA.</p><p>St. Louis Sports Commission President Frank Viverito says about 50 athletes will be vying to make the cut, including gold-medalist Nastia Liukin and St. Louis native Sarah Finnegan.</p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:08:54 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3858 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Gymnasts come to St. Louis for shot at Olympic team dream