Sport: Fast Track to Nowhere

America chooses an Olympic team to sit out the Olympics

The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials have traditionally been the first step on the road to medaled glory. Newcomers became stars and stars household words during the quadrennial head-to-head competition to select the members of the American Olympic team. In the 1930s, Babe Didrikson and Jesse Owens came to national attention at the Trials, foreshadowing the performances that made the 1932 Los Angeles and 1936 Berlin Games memorable. Last time, a hurdler named Edwin Moses set an American record in the 400-meter hurdles....

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