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Hammer Time: Amber Campbell Attempts to Qualify for Olympics Thursday

Amber Campbell's season-best throw of 71.57 (234-09) currently ranks third in the US.

Amber Campbell represented Team USA in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Amber Campbell represented Team USA in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

June 21, 2012

Campbell's USA Track & Field Bio

U.S. Track & Field Olympics Trials Meet Central Page

BEAVERTON, Ore. - Coastal Carolina women's track and field alumna Amber Campbell and 23 of the United States top female hammer throwers will descend upon Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday, June 21 in an attempt to represent the United States of America at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Campbell, a 2004 graduate of Coastal Carolina and current volunteer assistant coach, looks to make her second consecutive Olympics in the hammer throw after also representing Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Thursday's hammer throw will officially kick off the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. The remainder of the Trials returns to one of the most hallowed sites in the sport Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., site of the '72, '76, '80, and '08 Olympic Trials.

Eugene has long been dubbed "TrackTown, USA" for its rich track and field history and the community's appreciation of the sport. The Nike Prefontaine Classic regularly draws standing-room-only crowds, while athletes consistently rate Hayward Field as having one of the most compelling atmospheres of any stadium in the world.

The largest national championship track meet in the world, the U.S. Olympic Trials hosts more than 1,000 athletes as they compete for the right to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games. Averaging more than 20,000 fans per day at the last Olympic Trials in TrackTown USA, and at each edition of the meet, more than 1,000 members of the media from around the world covered the event while thousands of volunteers and officials provided support.

The NBC Sports Group presents unprecedented coverage of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials as American athletes compete for a chance to take part in the London Games.

A total of 12 hours of live track and field coverage will be a part of a record 67.5 hours of total Olympic Team Trials coverage by NBC in 2012. Covered in prime time between NBC and the NBC Sports Network, the 12 hours of live coverage will span the course of eight days.

NBC SPORTS GROUP LIVE TELEVISION COVERAGE

Date

Time

Network

Friday, June 22nd

9-11 p.m. ET

NBCSN           

Saturday, June 23rd

8-9 p.m. ET/PT

NBC

Sunday, June 24th

7-8 p.m. ET/PT

NBC

Monday, June 25th

9-11 p.m. ET/PT

NBCSN

Thursday, June 28th

9-11 p.m. ET/PT

NBCSN

Friday, June 29th

6-8 p.m. ET

NBCSN

Saturday, June 30th

9-10 p.m. ET/PT

NBC

Sunday, July 1st

7-8 p.m. ET/PT

NBC