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Frenzy Feature 2/5: Heather Lieberg

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For most people, just qualifying for the Olympic Trials is a huge accomplishment. For Heather Lieberg, it's kind of the norm.

"It's kind of settled in because it's been about two years I know I've been qualified for the trials," said Lieberg. "Since then I've qualified six times."

Coming off a disappointing performance at the World Championships in Beijing last summer, where a foot injury forced her to drop out of the race at the 10K mark, Heather spent months rehabbing her injuries, and considers herself lucky to be able to compete.

"I've heard the biggest accomplishment is making it to the starting line," said Lieberg. "A lot of my teammates, and a lot of people that I've raced against, at this point, are dropping out with injuries, so I'm just grateful."

Then about a month ago, to test herself, Heather entered the Carlsbad Marathon in California, where she was the first American woman to finish, and third overall.   

"I think the race is the best thing I ever did," said Lieberg. "I had no idea where I would be. I didn't even run a step for almost three months. Mentally that really help me see that what's coming up I know I can do and I just have to let my body do it."

246 women have qualified for the Olympic Trials on February 13 in Los Angeles. Heather has the highest ranking of Class A, which only 42 women have earned.

"I'm not going to put that pressure on me," said Lieberg. "There were when I definitely felt that I could run with the top competitors, and I really do believe I still can. I know my training has been that of the top ten. My goal is just to get there, have fun, and push myself."

Heather needs a top three finish to qualify for the Olympic Games. That's obviously her goal, but she knows no matter what happens, beating the odds, and beating her injury to get where she is is amazing in itself.

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