A look at former Gators middle distance runner Cory McGee, who will be heading to the Tokyo Games this summer.
GAINESVILLE, Florida – Cory McGee attended her first Summer Olympics at the age of 12.
His father, Jim McGee, worked as an FBI security liaison at the 2004 Athens Games in Greece, where the family lived during a time Cory was growing up. She said while watching “King of the Mile” Hicham El Guerrouj winning gold in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters in Athens helped fuel his passion for running.
And his Olympic dreams.
“You have to think about the payoff at the end,” she said during her time at UF. “Being exposed to this when you’re young makes you realize it’s a realistic goal. Maybe I can do it.”
Seventeen years after attending the Athens Olympics as a fan and after unsuccessful applications to be part of the US Olympic team in 2012 and 2016, McGee, 29, will travel to the Tokyo Games as a competitor.
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
EVENT: 1,500 meters
HOW SHE IS QUALIFIED: Was second at US Olympic Team Trials with a personal best 4 minutes, 0.67 seconds
TOKYO SCHEDULE: 1st round of the women’s 1500 meters scheduled for Monday August 2; Final scheduled for Friday August 6
UF CAREER: Competed for the Gators from 2011-2014, winning six Southeastern Conference titles as a middle distance runner
MUST KNOW: McGee finished second behind Elle Purrier Saint-Pierre at the US Olympic Trials. Pierre St. Pierre’s time of 3: 58.03 broke the USOT record (3: 58.92) which Marie slaney detained for 33 years.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s real. I worked hard. We moved to Colorado two years ago and we haven’t looked back, and that’s why I’m here today.” – McGee to NBC Sports on the qualification for the Olympic Games