Don't count Amy Hastings out yet.
The distance runner knows she's an underdog when it comes to the 10,000-meters at the 2012 Olympic Games, but the Kansas native said she isn't afraid to take some risks.
"I know I'm the underdog right now in this race -- I might not event be an underdog, I might be counted out -- but I figure as long as I get there and I give myself the best possible opportunity, crazier things have happened," Hastings said during this Flotrack.org interview.
The 28-year-old Hastings finished first in the 10,000-meters at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Ore., earlier this summer, finishing in a time of 31:58.36. The top three runners in each event qualified for the Olympic team.
The win in Eugene came just months after Hastings finished fourth in the U.S. Marathon Olympic Team Trials in Houston. Like the trials in Eugene, only the top three marathon runners qualified to compete in the marathon in London.
In finishing fourth, Hastings had to deal with one of the biggest disappointments of her life, she said. She doesn't want to feel that way again, and so she's prepared to take some risks in the 10,000-meter in London in an effort to win a medal.
"This is (race) to take a risk," Hastings said during the Flotrack.org interview. "When it comes down to it, this is the one where fourth place is the same as last place kind of thing, so you might as well go for it."
She added: "I'm going to go after it and see what happens, and I think it will be good."
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Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo., she had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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