We at the SRN were sad to see that Sac State standout Lea Wallace didn’t quite make the Olympic team this time around.
It turns out there was a lot going on in Wallace’s life in the time leading up to the finals.
Taylor Dutch at Flotrack informs us that:
The weeks leading up to and during the Olympic Trials were possibly the most difficult weeks of Wallace’s life. She suffered from a retinal hemorrhage during a routine workout a week before the Trials, causing her to lose vision in her right eye. The most heart-breaking loss however, occurred when Wallace’s father passed away the night before her 800 semi-final in Eugene.
Yikes! We wish her well and look forward to seeing her continue racing into the future.