Two men from the Old Dominion are U.S. standouts, too. A 1989 graduate of Lake Braddock High School, Allen Johnson is the defending world champion in the 100-meter hurdles. And Alan Webb of Fairfax broke Jim Ryun's national record in 2001 to become the first high-school student to run a mile in under 4 minutes indoors, Holdren says.
Holdren is optimistic about his picks: "It shows you what kinds of track-and-field programs there are in Virginia." When he returns, he'll share his Olympic experience with high-school hopefuls here. "It's exciting," he says. "It's a whole different atmosphere being there in the stadium." Brandon Walters
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