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Galen Rupp is an athlete competing in track and field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for the USA. He will compete in the men's 5000m and 10,000m.

Galen Rupp began working with famed marathoner Alberto Salazar in his teens, and, qualified for Beijing as a junior at the University of Oregon.

Rupp won the 10,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials in a trials record 27:25.33. Six days later he out-kicked four-time national champion Bernard Lagat to win the 5000m in 13:22.67, beating Steve Prefontaine's 40-year-old meet record. With the double, Rupp became the first man to complete a winning distance double at the Olympic Trials since 1952.

Rupp concluded his 2011 track season at the Memorial Van Damme meeting in Brussels where her shatered the American record in the 10,000m. He ran 26:48.00 in finishing third behind winner Kenenisa Bekele. Rupp continued his record assault to start 2012, setting a new American record in the two-mile in 8:09.72 at the USATF Classic in Arkansas.

After finishing runner-up to Britain's Mo Farah, his training partner, as the Great Edinburgh Cross-Country race, Rupp made his first forray into road racing, finishing third in the New York City Half-Marathon in 1:00.30, the third-fastest time American time ever. After that, he turned his attention back to the track where he improved his personal best to 13:06.86 in the 5000 m at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, out-sprinting the reigning world cross-country champion Imane Merga of Ethiopia for second place behind Farah. At the World Championships in Daegu, Rupp finished seventh in the 10,000m in 27:26.84. He then doubled back to run the 5000m, and was in outkicked by Farah before finishing ninth in 13:28.64.

Without a major outdoor competition to focus on that year, Rupp was able to mix up his competitions and distances, and showed strong improvements across the board. At the World Indoor Championships in Doha, he ran a personal-best 7:42.20 in a fifth-place finish in the 3000m. Outdoors, he took 20 seconds off his PR in the 10,000m, finishing in 27:10.74, finishing behind Chris Solinsky's American record run of 26:59.60. Rupp went on to repeat as champion in the 10,000m at the USA Outdoor Championships. On the Diamond League circuit, he broke four minutes for the mile at the Prefontaine Classic (3:57.72), set a 3000m outdoor best of 7:43.24 at the London Grand Prix, and improved his 5000m time to 13:07.35 at the season-ending Weltklasse meeting in Zurich.

Rupp turned pro following the conclusion of his final season at Oregon and immediately began making his mark on the distance running scene. He ran 27:52.53 to beat 2008 Olympian Dathan Ritzenhein in the 10,000m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships. At the World Championship in Berlin, Rupp finished eighth in 27:37.99, joining Ritzenhein as one of only two non-Africans to finish in the top twelve.

After redshirting in 2008 to prepare for the Olympics, Rupp's 2009 track season was a resounding success. Indoors he joined the sub-4:00 club for the mile on March 7 with a 3:57.86 at the Husky Last Chance Qualifier Meet in Seattle. On February 13, 2009 he broke the American record for the indoor 5000 m with a time of 13:18.12 at the Tyson Invitational. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he won an unprecedented triple in the 5000m (13:41.45), the distance medley relay (running a 3:57.07 1600 meter anchor leg only 90 minutes after his 5000 victory), and the 3000m (7:48.94, the next day), helpin Oregon to its first team title. Outdoors, Rupp ran on the relay which broke the NCAA 4xmile record, anchoring in 3:58.93. After helping Oregon to defend itsr Pac-10 title, Rupp won the 5000m and 10,000m at the NCAA Championships. He finished his career with 14 All American honors, five individual championships, a relay championship, two NCAA cross-country team titles and an indoor track NCAA team title.

After two successful collegiate seasons, Rupp chose to red-shirt his junior year at the University of Oregon to focus his training on making the Olympic Team. He returned home to Portland to resume training with Salazar, his longtime coach, as well as Nike Oregon Project runners Kara and Adam Goucher. In July, Rupp returned to Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Trials and clocked 27:43.11 to qualify for Beijing before a record crowd of 20,939 at Hayward Field. He went on to finish 13th at the Games with a season-best time of 27:36.99.

Although supremely talented, Rupp has yet to break through and win a major championship race. He was second at the Foot Locker national cross country finals as a high school senior. At Oregon, he finished second in the NCAA 10,000m twice. In 2007, while leading Oregon to its first NCAA cross-country team title in 30 years, Rupp waged an epic battle with Liberty's Josh McDougal over the final two miles but finished second. At the Olympic Trials, Rupp briefly challenged for the lead but finished second to Abdi Abdirahman. "It bugs me a little bit," Rupp told OregonLive.com. "For a day or two I'm so mad at myself. It's tough, but I know that the majority of the time I'd beat those guys. It just hasn't fallen my way."

Rupp first gained acclaim at Central Catholic High School in Portland, where he set national high school records in the 3000m and 5000m while running under the tutelage of Salazar. After graduating from Central Catholic in 2004, Rupp enrolled at Oregon and was instantly embraced by the running community.

As a high school senior in 2004, Rupp ran on the Nike campus in a mile race to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister's historic sub-four minute feat. He finished in 4:01.8 that day, breaking a long-standing Oregon state high school record. After the race, Salazar waved to Galen's mother, Jamie, and said, "Thank you for sharing your son with me," Salazar said. Nike founder and Oregon alum Phil Knight, by then already captivated by Rupp and his talent, also pledged his support. "Tell him he's got two new dads now," Salazar recalled for OregonLive.com.

Rupp's commitment to Oregon sparked resurgence in the school's track and field program. Shortly after he arrived, Vin Lananna was hired as coach and immediately began promoting the "great vision" he had for Oregon track and the community. In short, it was about restoring tradition, something Rupp now realizes. "When I came here the distance program was struggling, but the tradition is something that will never die, just like basketball at UCLA and football at Notre Dame," Rupp told Sports Illustrated. "Vin needs to be given credit. I never dreamed it would be this big."


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Age: 30 years old
Birthday: May 8, 1986
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 139 lbs.
Birthplace: Portland, OR
Current Residence: Portland, OR

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