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Born: May 23, 1985
Payson, UT
Hometown: Morgan, UT
Residence: Ogden, UT
Ht: / Wt: 5'4" / 112 lbs
Event(s): 3000m steeplechase

Olympic rookie
Lindsey Anderson will make her Olympic debut for the United States this summer in Beijing, where she will compete in the inaugural Olympic women's 3000m steeplechase. She has seen a marked improvement in her career trajectory since she started working with 1994 Los Angeles Marathon champion Paul Pilkington in 2005.

Beijing bound
Anderson earned her spot on the U.S. team with a runner-up finish in steeplechase at the Olympic Trials in Eugene. Anderson set a personal best by nine seconds in crossing the line in nine minutes, 30.75 seconds.

Lindsey Anderson competes in the steeplechase at the 2007 U.S. Outdoor Championships.
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Lindsey Anderson competes in the steeplechase at the 2007 U.S. Outdoor Championships.

Weber State wonder
A distance standout at Weber State University, Anderson's career came to a high point with a runner-up finish in the steeplechase at the 2007 NCAA Outdoor Championships and a third place finish at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. Anderson is a two-time NCAA All-American, holds four school records and won five Big Sky Conference championships as a senior.

Working his magic
Anderson's performance has seen a marked improvement since she started working with Pilkington, a "rabbit" who is best known for unexpectedly winning the 1994 Los Angeles Marathon. "She had worked hard before," Pilkington told the Salt Lake Tribune of his protégé, "but I think we redefined what ‘hard' was."

Scholastic success
In high school, Anderson was a five-time Utah state cross country and track champion, as well as a soccer and basketball player. Coming out of high school, she only received scholarship offers from Weber State and Southern Utah.

Siblings and rivalries
Anderson is the oldest of five siblings, including a twin sister, Angela, born to Scott and Sherilee Olson in Payson, Utah. She started running in seventh grade because she wanted to be able to challenge the fastest boys in a weekly one-mile run around the gym.


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