“It’s everybody’s dream to be an Olympian. Everybody’s hungry. Everybody’s trained a little bit harder and is going to be on their A-game.”
Those are the words of Galen Rupp, a Portland, OR native and University of Oregon alumnus who is one of the more recognized northwest Olympian names.
The Oregonian attended Central Catholic High School where he won back to back cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 and three individual championships in track and field. Rupp attended the University of Oregon where he earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. And in February, Rupp won the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials!
Rupp qualified for his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after running 2:09:20 in the Atlanta qualifier. The two-time Olympic medalist won by 42 seconds.
But his journey to Tokyo was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed the Summer Games until 2021.
Rupp is among those featured in NBC Sports Northwest’s campaign to honor local Olympians and Paralympians from the Oregon and Washington areas, which began yesterday on Father’s Day and runs through Saturday, July 4.
The multiplatform campaign will highlight local athletes through profiles and vignettes, which are presented by your local Northwest Toyota dealers.
Athletes who will be highlighted throughout the campaign include:
- - Long-distance runner and five-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp
- - USWNT player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Box
- - Decathlete and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson
- - Fencer and four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis
- - Sled hockey player and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman
- - Goalball player and two-time Paralympic medalist Jen Armbruster
And while Rupp’s 2020 dreams were delayed a year, he’s still excited about the opportunity to go to Tokyo.
I haven’t spent a ton of time in Tokyo. I’ve been on the outskirts, so I’m really excited to see the city. But, I know it’s going to be an unbelievable event.
“Every Olympics is different, but they’re all special. I’m excited to see what Japan and Tokyo has to offer.”
You can see more Olympic profiles and vignettes here.