London Olympics 2012

The London 2012 Summer Olympics are almost upon us (they begin Friday) - so be sure to keep up with all of the interesting goings-on across the pond via NPR's Olympics Blog, 'The Torch.' From the impact of the games on Muslim athletes' Ramadan fasting to a guide to watching the Olympics online, there's already plenty there for you to explore. Check it out via the link.

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.

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The road to the Olympics in London passes through St. Louis this week.

Starting tomorrow, some of the world's top gymnasts will be competing at the Chaifetz Arena for a spot on Team USA.

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.