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LONDON - Shalaya Kipp's road to the Olympics might seem odd for those that followed her career at Skyline High, not for lack of talent, but she didn't run her event, the 3,000m steeplechase, during high school.
She picked up the event at the University of Colorado just a few years ago, but became so good at it that she was able to make it to London for these Olympic Games.
Her father Ron Kipp made the trip to London in order to watch his little girl run her race. He said that pride couldn't even sum up his feelings about his daughter.
"That's the stuff you read about, that's the stuff you see in the papers. Then to actually see your name attached to an athlete is the best feeling in the world," Ron said. "As a father, as a parent it doesn't get any better than that."
The London Olympics are Shalaya's first experience in international competition, but clearly, while she didn't start with the 3,000m steeplechase it has clearly stuck.