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Disappointment breeds new energy

London Calling

Updated: February 1, 2012, 6:40 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

As a writer, I pride myself in choosing wise, insightful words when putting my life into paragraph form. But then, there's my inner athlete; she prefers the more direct approach. So I'm letting her write this piece about our recent encounter with disappointment, struggle and heartache as we attempt to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics: I just got kicked where the sun don't shine.

At least that's how it feels. Female athletes aren't supposed to talk that way. But for an athlete, ...

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