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USM All-American Tori Bowie "not satisfied;" eyes Olympic team

Even with her status as an All-American, a Conference USA champion, and a National Champion, University of Southern Mississippi track and field star Tori Bowie feels she could do more.

"I'm very very thankful," she said,"but I'm not completely satisfied with what I've done so far."

What she has not done is something that may elevate her status from "elite" to "legendary"...make the United States Olympic Team. She'll have that opportunity near the end of June, when tryouts for the US National Team will be held in Oregon.

Bowie automatically qualified herself for tryouts in the long jump event with her performance at the Conference USA Track and Field Championships in New Orleans this past weekend. In the event on Saturday, Bowie had to jump 6.64 with a legal wind of 2.0. She jumped a 6.78. 

She also qualified herself to tryout in the 100 meter-dash by running 11.28. The requirement for the Olympic tryouts was 11.29.

Numbers aside, her goal between now and the tryouts is very simple. "I just need to stay healthy," she said. "I just need to stay strong, stay focused, and just keep doing the same things that got me to this point."

Bowie still has two more meets remaining in the season. She'll compete at Regionals, which begin Thursday May 24, and at Nationals which will begin two weeks following the regional competition.

The ultimate goal, and the dream, is still to walk in red, white and blue in London as the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics commence July 27. When asked what that experience would be like, understandably, words were a little hard to come by.

"I'm speechless," Bowie said with a smile, "I don't know. I really feel like I have a great chance of making the Olympic team."

 

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