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The track & field portion of the Olympics begins two weeks from today.

Actually, if you're an American, it begins two weeks from yesterday. Though the first day of competition is July 30, because of the time difference, American audiences will see that first morning session -- which includes heats in the men's steeplechase, women's 100, and women's 800 -- on the night of July 29.

As a result, we've entered a mini dead period on the calendar, with most Olympians using the final two weeks to prep and travel to Japan (though Matthew Centrowitz will be going for a fast mile next week).

For younger athletes, it's a period of transition, between the 2020-21 season that was and the 2021-22 season that will be. Most are well into their base phase, logging summer miles ahead of the cross country season. For Hobbs Kessler, there won't be a cross country season (he bypassed running for NAU when he signed his adidas deal), but he's in a period of transition himself, something he discussed with LetsRun when we had him on the LRC Track Talk Podcast on Wednesday.

There's always something going on in the running world, whether it's a ban on spectators at the Olympics, a new coach for Tinman Elite, or a cocaine positive that isn't actually a cocaine positive. After the summer of Shelby and Sha'Carri, could track & field have anything else in store in the next 14 days before the big event kicks off in Tokyo? As always, stay tuned.
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