A graduate UNLV just this spring, Amanda Bingson has now achieved a lifelong dream - she's an Olympian.
"I was kind of in disbelief. I kept asking my coach, 'Did this really happen? Am I really going?'"
Last week, competing in the hammer throw, Bingson finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon. It was her final throw, a personal best 71.78 meters, that launched her to
London and into tears.
"As soon as I knew I had to run into the woods to cry a little bit because I was so overwhelmed with all the emotions," she said. "It was so incredible a feeling, I have nothing else to compare it to."
The feeling was a little different for UNLV assistant track coach Khadevis Robinson. He was running for redemption.
Robinson was an Olympian in Athens in 2004, but in 2008 he missed games by one position.
His second place finish Monday in the 800 meter Olympic trials sent him back to the games after a four-year wait.
"(It was) a relief of not having to feel that pain that I felt last time more than it was than the feeling of joy for making it. I was happy to make it," he said.
Robinson has coached mid-distance runners at UNLV since last year.
The two Rebels will now have a month of training at UNLV before battling for a medal in London.
"I'm fast enough and I'm good enough to go out there and win a medal," Robinson said confidently.
Bingson is thankful for her big backing in Las Vegas.
"Just to have that support really does mean the world and it really does make a difference," she said.
Both said they'll keep the same training routines leading up to the games, but Bingson admits she'll be looking to coach Robinson for advice on how to handle the experience.
The track and field events at the summer Olympics will run from Aug. 3-12.
Bingson is trying to raise funds for her family to attend the Olympics. If interested in donating, you may do so at Chase Bank. The account number is: 475161894.
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