Imagine how frustrated Kara Lynn Joyce was this past week. After years of training and work, she just barely missed her chance at competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she finished 7th in the 100-meter freestyle event. Oh, well, there's always 2012...
But wait -- After the swimming trials were over, Joyce learned that she would be going to the Olympics, anyway. According to a University of Georgia press release, Dara Torres, who finished ahead of Joyce in the Olympic trials, will not compete in the 100m.
Torres' decision not to compete in that race left an open spot for Kara Lynn Joyce, who will now swim in Beijing. She will, undoubtedly, be the most grateful swimmer there.
This could end up being a great underdog story, if Kara Lynn Joyce rises to the occasion and earns a medal in Beijing. Good luck, Kara Lynn!