University of Tennessee sprinter Dee Dee Trotter, who is slated to compete at the Olympics in less than three weeks, already knows what gold feels like.
Trotter only came up with silver, though, in her 400-meter race Saturday night at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Telus Under-23 Championships. She clocked a 51.46 time to cross the line behind Tiandra Ponteen, a University of Florida standout representing her native St. Kitts and Nevis (Ponteen finished in 51.19 seconds).
But the next day, Trotter ran the opening leg of the United States 4x400 relay team's gold-winning victory in Quebec, Canada.
With Charlette Greggs, Cassandra Reed and Monique Henderson following Trotter's lead, the Americans finished in 3:29.10, more than six second ahead of runner-up Jamaica. Barbados was a distant third in 3:50.62.
The Decatur, Ga., native departed for Europe yesterday to begin a series of USA Track & Field training camps and world-class meets that lead up to her participation in the Olympic Games, Aug. 20-29. Trotter, the first underclass Lady Vol Olympian since 1984, is qualified for the Games in the open 400-meter dash and is among those in the prospect pool to run on the U.S. 4x400m relay.