RIO DE JANEIRO (KXAN) — Track and Field starts Friday and there’s a University of Texas alumnae competing for a medal on Day 1!
Marielle Hall runs the 10,000m for Team USA. She graduated in 2014 and now runs for Nike.
Hall says her favorite part of competing is “being a part of something” and having the additional Longhorn family in Rio is basically icing on the cake.
While she hopes for gold, Hall says she has some stiff competition from Ethiopia (12 of the 13 fastest runners in 2015 are Ethiopians) and Kenya.
But being around the melting pot is part of the whole journey.
“Just to be here with all different types of athletes from all around, it’s a really special experience,” said Hall.
KXAN is keeping track of the athletes with an Austin connection here.