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Mid-South Features
2:07 pm
Tue June 5, 2012

Long Jumper Brittney Reese Inches Closer to Olympic Dream

Brittney Reese, 25, the current long jump world champion and Olympic hopeful, during training warm up at the University of Mississippi.
Sandra Knispel

With the 2012 Summer Olympics barely eight weeks away, many U.S. athletes still need to qualify for their ticket to London… among them Mississippian Brittney Reese.

Reese is not just any Olympic-hopeful, she's also the current long jump world champion and record holder.

Training jumps are understated affairs for Brittney Reese. No dramatic spray of sand, just a dull thud and a quick word between athlete and trainer. Neither she, nor her coach, Joe Walker, is of the loquacious sort. 

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