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News and Notes, Volume 11, Number 17

In this issue:
  1. Team USA set for Thorpe Cup
  2. Felix Doubles in Daegu
  3. Gill Athletics Great American Throws Festival

Team USA set for Thorpe Cup
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INDIANAPOLIS - A total of 14 men and women will compete for Team USA for the 2011 Thorpe Cup to be hosted at the U.S. Olympic Training Center August 13-14 in Chula Vista, Calif.

The Thorpe Cup is an annual dual meet between the U.S. and Germany in the decathlon and heptathlon events. The event is free to attend and features live web streaming on provided in partnership with

Among others, the men’s roster includes Miller Moss, Chris Randolph, Mark Jellison and Nick Adcock, who all placed in the top eight in the decathlon at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. On the women’s side, Team USA will feature Ryann Kraise, who finished as the runner-up at USA Outdoors along with Chantae McMillan, Bettie Wade, Abbie Norton (Stechschulte) and Barbara Nwaba, who all also placed in the top eight.

Team USA Women
Ryann Krais
Chantae McMillan
Bettie Wade
Abbie Norton (Stechschulte)
Barbara Nwaba
Emily Pearson
Lindsay Lettow
Team USA Men
Miller Moss
Dan Kinsey
Mark Jellison
Nick Adcock
Matthew Johnson
Matthew Clark
Joe Detmer

More information can be found on the event website , or through the Thorpe Cup Facebook fan page.

Felix declares double
Allyson Felix has announced that she will double in the 200 and 400 meters at the IAAF World Championships next month in Daegu, South Korea.

Felix tweeted on Monday evening, “ Decided to go for the double (200/400) at WC’s. Will be very difficult, but first step to accomplishing greatness is trying #DaeguDouble”

Felix will first compete in the 400m, with rounds stretching from August 27-29. She will then have two days off before competing in the 200m on September 1-2. Felix could compete in all but one day of the nine day event, as she is expected to run on the U.S. 4x100 and 4x400 teams as well.

At the USA Championships, Felix became the first woman to win U.S. titles in the 100, 200 and 400m. With gold on her mind, Felix will attempt to become the second woman in history to win the 200/400 at a world championship. Only Marie Jose-Parec of France has been able to accomplish such a feat, which she did at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Gill Athletics Great American Throws Festival
The first-ever Gill Athletics Great American Throws Festival took place July 22-23 in Champaign, Ill. The event provided participants with one-on-one “Learn by Doing” opportunities with World Champion and two-time Olympian, John Godina.

Other highlights included a Factory tour and expert speakers along with a chance to compete in the various throwing competitions. Look for the event to return to Gill Athletics in 2012. For more information pertaining to Gill Athletics, check

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