Qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games
How does one qualify to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games?
First and foremost, an individual needs to be very skilled and capable of competing at an international level in a sport that is part of the London Games (see List of Sports). Beyond that, there is not a single answer.
Each sport has its own qualifying rules and regulations which in most cases involves competing in a designated Olympic Trial event prior to the games. The competition at each sport's Olympic Trials is fierce and will make or break an athlete's dream of competing in London.
Help us add to the following list of 2012 Olympic Trial events for the many sports that make up the 2012 games. We invite you to edit or add details for a specific Trial event, or add a new one for your favorite sport or country!
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January 14, 2012
The men's and women's 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials will be held in Houston, TX on January 14, 2012. The races will determine the runners who will represent the United States of America in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Both the men's and women's trials will take place on the morning of January 14, with the women's event expected to start before the men's. The specific race schedule, as well as details about the 26.2-mile course, will be announced later. Men seeking to qualify for the race must achieve one of the following "A standards": 2:19:00 marathon, 1:05:00 half marathon or 28:30 for 10,000m. Women's qualifying marks include an A and B standard for the marathon (2:39:00 and 2:46:00, respectively), along with 1:15:00 for the half marathon and 33:00 for 10,000m. Complete qualifying guidelines are available on the USATF Web site - www.usatf.org. Source: http://www.houstonmarathon.com/2012USOlympicMarathonTrials/ retrieved 2010-11-11.