HARRODSBURG — She had every right to be bitter and give up her Olympic dream. However, Lexington native Dana Pounds never thought that way.
Instead, the Air Force captain is back in training for the 2012 Olympics and hopes to compete in the javelin. She was U.S. Olympic Trials runner-up in 2008, but missed the Olympic qualifying mark by two inches and was not allowed to compete.
Now she’s married, stationed in Colorado and once again training with the Air Force’s blessing in hopes of making the 2012 Olympic team.
“The dream is still there for me. That is why I am back in training. My body is fighting me hard at times, but it is just a case of mind over matter,” Pounds said Monday.
Pounds is in Harrodsburg to work at the track clinic being conducted by former Olympians Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sharrieffa Barksdale.
She won two NCAA javelin championships for the Air Force Academy even though she had never thrown the javelin when she arrived at the academy. She was the 1999 Kentucky High School Athletic Association discus champion, the 2000 KHSAA shot put champion and the 2002 Florida High School Athletic Association shot put and discus champion.