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Throwback Thursday: Alexis Prepares for London

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We’re going back in time a little while ago to witness the making of a legend – the blood, sweat, tears, pain and perseverance that was the foundation of future greatness. The young lady’s name is Alexis, and she’s about to lay it all on the line in preparation to don the red, white, and blue in London. We’re analyzing a grueling 100 meter hurdle training session. It’s an inspiring video, and one that should be required material for all aspiring Olympians.

Let’s break this shit down.

1st Hurdle: Flawless execution.

2nd Hurdle: Right foot gets clipped. Takes a nasty tumble, but hops right back up.

3rd Hurdle: Left foot clips hurdle. Miraculously stays on her feet. Remains unfazed. Keeps trucking.

4th Hurdle: Clears with ease. Hitting her stride now.

5th Hurdle: Another perfect hurdle. Going for greatness.

6th Hurdle: Gets hung up on the hurdle again. Slows down considerably. Appears to be walking in some sort of molasses that someone spread out on the track.

7th Hurdle: Fuck this hurdle.

8th Hurdle: Again, a flawless leap. Clears easily.

9th Hurdle: Somehow manages to hit both feet on hurdle. Takes nasty spill. Gets right back up on that saddle. Perseveres. Can smell finish line.

10th Hurdle: Left foot bangs hard into hurdle. Sprawled out on track. Hurting badly. Possible blood coming from knee(s). Appears to be spirit-broken. Gets up against all odds and flies past the finish line with seeming warp speed.

A legend is born.

She finished the 100 meter race in a swift 39 seconds, which sounds like an awesome time. However, it’s a mind-blowing 26.65 seconds slower than the 2012 Olympic gold performance. It turns out her Olympic dreams were not meant to be. Alexis’ destiny led her elsewhere, but we are still left with this 1:01 long reminder that anything is possible.

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Dillon Cheverere

Dillon Cheverere (@DCheverere) is the Vice President of Media for Grandex, Inc. Email:

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