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Remember Briann January? The dimunitive point guard for Lewis and Clark High School?
She played basketball for the Tigers, among other things (like a state title in Track and Field), and went on to a standout collegiate career at Arizona State after she graduated in 2005. Now she plays professionally in the WNBA and in Europe. And last week January and the Indiana Fever upset the Minnesota Lynx for the WNBA title. So we caught up with January on Thursday.
Also, just an early reminder: our hoops section is off to the printer in about two weeks. Just something to keep in mind. Please, don't lose any sleep. I know it's sort of like a two-week Christmas Eve for all of you, but good things are worth waiting for.
Jamie Redman of Spokane crossed paths with a former University of Idaho track star as she works out with the U.S. Women's Rowing Team at the Olympic Training Center near San Diego.
Redman took time out to chat with former Olympic decathlete Dan O'Brien, who won a gold medal in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. O'Brien is one of the Center's ambassadors to athletes training for the 2012 Summer Olympics. He helps Redman and other athletes prepare for the pressures of the Olympic spotlight.
Redman, a product of Lewis and Clark High School and Yale University, said the U.S. Team training is hard work, but the center has a wealth of professional trainers, therapists and dieticians to help them hone their way toward London. Said Redman:
"In between rows, I’m trying to utilize the many resources the O.T.C. offers the athletes: the newly renovated and expertly staffed Performance and Rehab Center; the delicious dining hall (serving plenty of vegetables, but no desserts, alas); the sports psychology and nutrition counseling; the on-site laundry facilities; the big-screen TVs in the Athlete Lounge… I am *so thankful* for the opportunity to train at this marvelous complex!"
U.S. Women's Rowing Team member Jamie Redman, 25, is home in Spokane for the holidays, but her training regimen never lets up. In the video above, the Lewis and Clark High School validictorian, NCAA champion and two-time world champion talks about her life and her golden dream for 2012.