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Ivery Aiming For Olympic Gold In Father's Memory

The rubber of a racing track is like the red carpet for Lakadron Ivery.

It is her place to shine.

"If I'm not running then I'm thinking about running," she said. "If I'm not thinking about running then I'm running. I train everyday. We get (to the track) at 5:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. in the morning and we don't leave until about 7:45 a.m. or 8:00 p.m."

Laladron is working hard for won Olympic-sized goal.

"My goals are to go to Beijing, China and at least medal in one of my events. I compete in the one hundred meter dash, the two hundred meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump and I run all the relays, the 4x100 and 4x400."

Lakadron was well on her way to making the Olympic dream come true. A standout at Baylor University she was selected as a member of Nike's track team.

She competed in Canada and was set to take on the world when life hit the breaks on her running career.

"I was about to go to Africa to perform and I couldn't because I had an Achilles tendon injury. It ended up being a blessing because my father got sick about that time."

Lakadron's father passed away in September.

"I dream about him every night," she said. "I talk to him every night. When I come to the track he's here. He wanted to be with me everywhere when he was here, but now, he is honestly with me everywhere."

"He would just tell to think positive and just keep doing what she's doing," Lakadron's mother Melva Ivery said. "So far it's gotten her to the point of where she wanted to be and he would just keep on giving here that winning attitude."

Lakadron has been back at home training with her former John Tyler coach Barbara Collins.
Coach Collins said she always saw that extra something in Lakadron.

"When she first came to John Tyler, I can remember her saying, 'Coach, who is the fastest girl on the team? I want to beat her!' She did. She was the fastest girl we had," Coach Collins said.

While at Baylor, Lakadron worked with Olympic legend like Michael Johnson. She hopes one day not only be in his company, but to be in the same company. 

Lakadron will compete in the Olympic trials next June. That will determine if she moves on to the Olympics in August.

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