July 12, 2012
Kyle Alcorn is one of 16 current and former Sun Devil Athletes that will be participating in the 2012 Olympic Games, but his third-place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Trials last month earned him a place in Sun Devil history books as ASU's first-ever Olympian in the steeplechase.
Dreams of one day competing in the Olympics weren't on the forefront of the distance runner's mind early in his career. However, that likelihood increased after winning the 3,000-meter indoor championship his senior season in 2008.
"That really started the ball rolling and the thought that I could continue running professionally after this and the Olympics could be a possibility," recalled Alcorn.
From there, he continued to build on his indoor season success and won the NCAA outdoor steeplechase that same season.
"That was just another stepping stone that kind of proved to me that I belong. To be able to run at the top of the U.S.," the California native said. "Then it (the Olympics) became a true goal that I really wanted to accomplish."
Following his college career, Alcorn-who currently competes for Nike-remained in the Valley to continue training with Arizona State University head men's cross country coach and assistant coach for distance, Louie Quintana.
Quintana, along with Alcorn's wife Angela and six-month-old son Landon, joined the Olympian this week at the Carson Student-Athlete Center to meet with local media prior to their departure for the Olympic games.
With nearly a month separating the Trials and the Olympics, Alcorn will travel to Switzerland and Dublin to compete in races prior to arriving in London.
Once there, he plans to soak in the entire experience with his teammates and eight family members and friends that will join him on the journey.
"There is a lot of excitement going into this whole experience," Alcorn shared. "Just enjoy the moment. That is kind of my thing. I want to be able to focus on my event itself and run my best, but also enjoy the atmosphere of the whole Olympics and try to watch the other sporting events."
Alcorn's Olympic dream becomes reality when the track and field events begin August 3 in London.
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