Ducks: Raevyn Rogers says 2016 letdown fueled Tokyo Olympics appearance


During the midst of an Oregon Ducks career that included eight All-American nods and six National Championships, Raevyn Rogers failed at the most important goal of all: qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Now, after qualifying for the Olympics this summer in Tokyo, Japan, Rogers reflected on her 2016 letdown in a conversation with host Sasha Spencer on the Talkin' Ducks Podcast.

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"To miss out on that chance to make that Rio team, it was something that I would've been so proud to add to my resume," Rogers told Spencer.

However, Rogers claims she wouldn't be where she is today without that lesson five years ago.

"It taught me so much and it contributed to the bigger picture," she added. "The timing being perfect to where I can make this team in Tokyo."

For Rogers, part of the appeal to competing this summer will be representing the University of Oregon on the global stage.

"Not only does Oregon produce... there's a lot that is helping shape the athletes that Oregon produces... so they are having a stronger foundation when they go out into the professional world."

Rogers added that while she pursued a professional track career, the name of Oregon held lots of weight, as it should. Eugene, OR is Tracktown, USA for good reason.

Best of luck this summer, Raevyn!