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UO Track Athletes Prepare for Olympic Trials in Eugene

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Several University of Oregon Ducks and alumni are preparing to compete in the Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene starting Friday. 
Since the Olympics were postponed for a year because of COVID, athletes had to make adjustments. 
At a virtual press conference Tuesday, current Duck Cooper Teare and UO-grad Jenna Prandini spoke about how training was affected by COVID and what they’re hoping to accomplish.

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Jenna Prandini is a 2-time national champion. She's looking to be a 2-time Olympian.

“There was definitely some struggles that came with this past year, but it really just showed that we really can’t take anything for granted,” Teare said. 
 “Everyone is up for the challenge, and we’re all gonna be ready to go and go after some fast times when the trials come,” Prandini added.
A two-time national champion, Prandini competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She’s looking to be a two-time Olympian in the 100 and 200 meter races. Teare set a meet record in the 5-thousand meters last week at the NCAA championships. 
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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
Jen is an intern for KLCC, through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. This is her first radio news job. She is Oregon-born and raised and loves writing, reading and recording. Her favorite things to write about are community and social justice issues, LGBTQIA+ news and history, and cultural deep-dives.
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