It’s not often that the city of Leavenworth is showcased on a worldly stage.
On Friday, thanks to U.S. Olympian Amy Hastings, that changed.
The 2002 Leavenworth High School graduate fulfilled one of her lifelong dreams Friday when she competed in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Running in the women’s 10,000 meter race, Hastings finished with a time of 31 minutes, 10.69 seconds to place 11th out of the 21-person field. The overall winner, Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia, finished in 30:20.75.
“I was hoping for better, but you know I ran as hard as I could,” Hastings said. “I feel like I stayed tough throughout the whole thing and I’m just going to keep on working on improving my time and eventually I’m going to be able to run with those girls. They ran incredible.”
Despite not fulfilling her ultimate goal of winning a medal, the former Pioneer and Arizona State University star still did plenty to bring pride to her country and hometown.
In June, Hastings took the American title of best woman 10,000 meter runner when she placed first at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore.
The accomplishment qualified her for Friday’s race and gave her the chance to experience what few have — representing the United States of America as an Olympian.
“It’s really amazing to see her on television like that,” High Saloon owner Anna Johnson said while watching Hastings race Friday. “It’s neat to see someone from around here.”
And so, though she won’t be leaving Europe decorated in gold, silver or bronze, a dream was still realized yesterday.
The Leavenworth native put her country, state and city on the world map while wearing red, white and always, Pioneer blue.