Just days after Galen Rupp won the Olympic trials for a second time, the former University of Oregon standout is being recognized after he reclaimed his status as the nation’s top distance runner.
Rupp was named a finalist by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee for the Team USA “Best of February” award, which recognizes the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes over the last month.
Rupp became the first back-to-back marathon trials winner since two-time Olympic medalist Frank Shorter in 1972-1976 when he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the third-fastest winning trials time in history.
The Portland native attended Central Catholic High School, where he led his team to back-to-back cross-country titles in 2002 and 2003. He also racked up three individual championships: the 300 meter in 2003 and 2004, as well as the 1500m in 2004. Rupp broke state records for the 1500 meter with a time of 3:45.30 and the mile 4:01.8. He received “High School Athlete of the Year,” honors in 2004 by Track and Field news.
Following his high school career, Rupp remained in state, attending the University of Oregon. He earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. He won the 10,000m in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field championships with a time of 27:52.53, and was eventually awarded The Bowerman award in 2009, which is collegiate track & field’s highest honor.
As of Wednesday, Rupp is second in the “Best of February” voting with 23 percent of the vote. Snowboarder Dusty Hendricksen is currently in the lead with 29 percent of the vote.
Fans can vote for Rupp now through midnight, March 9 at this site.