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July 2, 2008 8:20 PM

Swimmer Tara Kirk: "Despair lies on me like an avalanche."

Posted by Ron Judd

As happy as local swim fans are for returning Olympian Megan Jendrick, you've got to feel for runner-up Tara Kirk of Bremerton, she of that .01 second separation from the Olympics in yesterday's 100m breaststroke final. Kirk writes in her blog today that she's struggling to find the strength to compete in the 200 meter breaststroke, her only remaining chance to make the team for Beijing.

"Today, despair lies on me like an avalanche. I still have some decisions to make but they are important ones, not to be made with emotion. I have to decide if I am going to still swim the 200, an event that, for me, has not been particularly successful of late. And then there are decisions beyond that. Fortunately, I am surrounded by people who care about me. "

Read the rest of the post on here. There's a comment section. Some encouragement from back home might be welcome.

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