Nicole Teter

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Nicole Teter
Personal information
Nationality  United States
Born (1973-11-08) 8 November 1973 (age 40)
San Diego, California
Residence Redwood City, California[1]
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb)
Sport
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Middle distance running
Club Oregon Track Club[1]
Coached by Frank Gagliano[1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 800 m: 1:57.97 (2002)
1500 m: 4:04.19 (2002)

Nicole Teter (born November 8, 1973 in San Diego, California) is an American middle distance runner, who specialized in the 800 metres.[2] She is a three-time U.S. indoor champion (2002, 2003, and 2008), and a two-time Olympian (2004 and 2008). She also won a gold medal in the same category at the 2002 U.S. Outdoor Championships.[1]

Career[edit]

Teter, a native of San Diego, California, catapulted into the national spotlight, when she claimed her first ever career title, and set an American record of 1:58.71, for the 800 metres, at the 2002 U.S. Indoor Track & Field championships.[3] Teter also won the U.S. outdoor title in the same distance, and ran a personal best time of 1:57.97 at the Athletissima track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.[4] Following her early successes from the U.S. championships, Teter made her international debut at the DN Galan in Stockholm, Sweden, where she defeated former Olympic and world champion Maria Mutola of Mozambique, by one tenth of a second (0.10), in the 800 metres, with a time of 1:58.13.[5]

Two years after her breakthrough season, Teter qualified for the women's 800 metres at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, by placing second from the U.S. Olympic Trials. She finished the fifth heat in third place by thirty-five hundredths of a second (0.35) behind Spain's Mayte Martínez, and clocked a preliminary time of 2:01.16 to advance into the semi-finals. Teter, however, fell short in her bid for the eight-woman final, when she placed fourth in the second round, with a time of 1:59.50.[6]

Shortly after her first Olympics, Teter continued to build her success by winning numerous track meets across Europe and the United States, although she had battled back each time from injuries. In 2006, she took a year off from running to undergo a sports hernia surgery in Atlanta, Georgia. In January 2007, she relocated to Eugene, Oregon to resume working with her coach Frank Gagliano, and later became a member of a newly established, Nike-sponsored Oregon Track Club (OTC) Elite.[7]

In 2008, Teter returned to the international scene by winning again the U.S. indoor championship title, and qualified for the 800 metres at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, where she made only into the semi-final round.[8] Teter also finished fourth in the same distance at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, with a time of 2:01.30. However, she earned a spot on her second United States team for the Olympics, when third-place runner Kameisha Bennett did not have an A-standard of 2:00.00 or better.[9]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Teter competed for the second time in the women's 800 metres, along with her teammates Hazel Clark and Alice Schmidt. She ran in the fourth heat against six other athletes, including former Olympic and world champion Maria Mutola. Having suffered from an Achilles tendon rupture (lower left leg strain), Teter pulled up a quarter of the first lap, and subsequently, did not finish the race.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "USATF – Nicole Teter". USA Track & Field. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nicole Teter". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Reid, Ron (3 March 2002). "Calif. runner sets record in the 800 Nicole Teter broke Mary Slaney's 22-year-old mark at the U.S. indoor track championships". Philly. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sports Shorts: Athlete of the Week". Palo Alto Online. 12 July 2002. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Harrison wins 400 at DN Galan". The Associated Press (AP News Archives). 16 July 2002. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Spotlight: Nicole Teter". Arkansas Razorbacks. 31 July 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  7. ^ Lumsdaine, Silver. "Interview with Nicole Teter". Pacific Association. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  8. ^ Goe, Ken (7 March 2008). "Nick Symmonds and Nicole Teter reach semifinals". The Oregonian (Oregon Live). Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  9. ^ Gambaccini, Peter (17 July 2008). "Nicole Teter". Runners World. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Women's 800m Round 1 – Heat 4". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 7 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Goe, Ken (14 August 2008). "Maria Mutola breezes in 800 qualifying; Nicole Teter drops out with an injury". The Oregonian (Oregon Live). Retrieved 7 January 2013. 

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