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Karissa Schweizer in rare territory after qualifying for second Olympic event

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Karissa Schweizer, Olympian... x2!

It’s not the big story of the day from Sunday, but it’s the story of the weekend in our hearts. Our dearly beloved GOAT, Karissa Schweizer, is now an Olympian twice over after qualifying for a second race in consecutive weekends. And as if being a two-time qualifier isn’t cool enough, the feat placed Karissa Schweizer in rarified air.

Missouri track and field alumna Karissa Schweizer qualified Saturday for her second event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, finishing second in the 10,000-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Schweizer becomes just the fifth American woman to qualify for both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races in the same Olympics.

Just like the 5,000-meter run, Schweizer qualified by finishing second, this time to St. Louis native Emily Sisson.

While qualifying for two events sounds incredible, apparently there’s some doubt as to whether or not Schweizer will run both events in Japan.

Asked if she’ll indeed run both races in Tokyo later this summer, Schweizer said, “I’ll have to ask Jerry,” referring to Jerry Schumacher, her coach at Bowerman Track Club. “I hope so.”

It would rule to watch Schweizer compete twice in Tokyo, but if her chances are better at medaling in one or the other, maybe she’ll need the extra energy/training? Either way, we’ll be behind her.

Similarly, imagine being one of five people in a country’s history to do something. That’s pretty nuts.

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