New York Times - "Racewalker Adds Olympian to List of Accomplishments"
Maria Michta has achieved a lot in her 26 years: racewalking champion, college valedictorian, doctoral candidate in biomedical medicine. Now she can add Olympian to the list. "I was 10 years old and watched the Olympics on TV and wanted to be an Olympian," said Michta. "I found racewalking, and the reality is now I’m going to be an Olympian." Michta, who started racewalking at 14, had the fastest time this year heading into the race. In March, she took a leave of absence from her doctoral work at Mount Sinai School of Medicine so she could train full time for the trials. Now she will have to extend her leave until August so she can compete in London. Learn more