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Runner Shannon Leinert, 24, hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympic track and field team to compete in the 800-meter race.
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Olympic hopeful Shannon Leinert (left) battles Mizzou freshman Liz Reida in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 Missouri Relays. Leinhert will compete to earn a spot on the Olympic team in Eugene, Ore., on Thursday.
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.
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.