She stands just 5’2, but she’s an absolute monster on the race course.
Meet Desiree Davila – long-distance runner, America’s hope for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and Adventuress extraordinaire.
While her high school classmates were partying, Davila planned on being an Olympian. While she ran stairs, lifted weights and practiced speed drills, the armchair critics counted her dream of reaching the Olympics a fantasy.
Davila went about proving the naysayers wrong.
Davila shattered the 5:00 minute mark when running the mile as a high school freshman. Notice served, she went on to earn four letters in track, cross country and soccer, as well as earn numerous California running titles.
As a senior, Davila was ranked 15th best female mile runner in the country.
It wasn’t good enough for her. She put her foot down on the accelerator.
After graduating from Arizona State as an All American, Davila began training with the Hanson-Brooks Distance Project team, an Olympic development program for post-collegiate athletes.
Davila may well be Hanson-Brooks’ most notable success story. Her intense conditioning efforts propelled her to a 2nd place finish at the 2011 Boston Marathon, clocking the fastest time ever of 2:22:38 by an American woman at the venue.
Women like Desiree Davila except nothing but the best, because they’re worth it. When time is short, life is full, and the path goes off road, an Adventuress still needs to be her best. Davila kept going.
January 14, 2012. A date Davila won’t soon forget. She finished second in the U.S. Marathon Olympic Marathon Trials, earning her the honor of representing the USA in the 2012 Olympics.
Davila had arrived. What next?
"Finding out how good I can be – for me, that's just really exciting," Davila told ESPN in April.
"I have this talent. I'm not sure why, and I'm getting better and better. How far can I push myself?"
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