The Olympics took a huge hit last year after the games were postponed in Tokyo Japan after they spent billions getting everything ready before the pandemic hit. Tokyo and the rest of the world are happy that the Olympics are planning to go back on later this year. One of Idaho's own is just one race away from having us all cheer her on in Tokyo.

Pro-Steeplechasers Marisa Howard, who went to BSU, snagged the Olympic standard in the Steeplechase over the weekend. That means if she finishes in the Top 3 in the event at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, Marisa will be heading to Tokyo.

According to my friend Michelle who is an avid runner herself the Steeplechase is one of THE toughest events in women's middle distance to qualify in. Marisa dropped almost 30 seconds off her time from the 2019 US Track and Field Championships to get the standard. If she can bring that kind of power in Eugene for the Olympic Trials race, she has a good shot of taking the US spot.


 

Marisa trains here in Boise so don't be surprised if you spot her running, jumping and working out in the area. Marisa is an over achiever, not only a -fingers crossed- soon to be Olympic Athlete but she is also a school nurse so she has continued to train and push her self even through the craziness of last year.

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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