Monday, July 15

Junior Turquoise Thompson is one of the top hurdlers in the nation despite having inherited the sickle cell trait. Thompson's red blood cells carry oxygen to her muscles at a less efficient rate than typical blood cells, which has the potential to cause numerous health complications and limits her ability to exert herself while training.

Hurdling the Odds: Sickle cell trait poses biggest obstacle in path of three-time NCAA Champion contender

Turquoise Thompson didn't know what was wrong with her body. Early on in her career, she was constantly suffering from muscle cramps and nagging injuries, and the recurring nature of these ailments was becoming concerning. Read more...

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Junior Turquoise Thompson is one of the top hurdlers in the nation despite having inherited the sickle cell trait. Thompson's red blood cells carry oxygen to her muscles at a less efficient rate than typical blood cells, which has the potential to cause numerous health complications and limits her ability to exert herself while training.

Junior Turquoise Thompson is one of the top hurdlers in the nation despite having inherited the sickle cell trait. Thompson's red blood cells carry oxygen to her muscles at a less efficient rate than typical blood cells, which has the potential to cause numerous health complications and limits her ability to exert herself while training.

Future Olympian Nick Symmonds (left) will attempt to surpass UCLA assistant men's track and field coach Johnny Gray, who currently holds the American record in the 800 meters, in this year's London Olympics.

UCLA assistant track and field coach Johnny Gray aids in future Olympian’s pursuit of his record

To the random student passing Drake Stadium on the way to class on May 14, it would have looked like a standard, early morning workout was going on. Read more...

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Future Olympian Nick Symmonds (left) will attempt to surpass UCLA assistant men's track and field coach Johnny Gray, who currently holds the American record in the 800 meters, in this year's London Olympics.

Future Olympian Nick Symmonds (left) will attempt to surpass UCLA assistant men's track and field coach Johnny Gray, who currently holds the American record in the 800 meters, in this year's London Olympics.







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