Michiana's Golden hope will get a shot at a gold medal. Plymouth's Morgan Uceny finished 3rd in the semifinals of the 1,500 meter women's run Wednesday afternoon in London. The Plymouth native now advances to the finals on Friday.
The race aired on WNDU-TV at 12:45am Thursday.
"You know I was nervous, the first one I was taking it all in and having a good time and today I felt those nerves," Uceny explained. "My first time at the Olympics and getting to the final means a lot, but I'm not here to participate, I'm here to get on the podium."
"It's all about recovery now, this is the first time I'll probably run this fast for two races in a row, so it's just going to see my physio, my coach, and probably sitting on the couch for a long time."
The Plymouth community gathered at the high school to watch Morgan run live on the Internet Wednesday afternoon.
Uceny needed to finish in the top 5 to advance. She ended up 3rd.
"The whole goal was to just finish in the top 5 and use too much energy and I think she ended right where she wanted to be," explains Uceny's high school track coach Roy Benge, who is now the school's Athletic Director. "She just has to rest and recover and get after it. It's exciting."
But there were some anxious moments.
"Final lap they started and she was in 6th and for the first time I think since I've watched her run, I was scared a little bit," explained Morgan's cousin Nick Neidlinger. "Like she always does--she had that extra kick--ended up 3rd and she'll be in the race on Friday."
Now Uceny is on the verge of making Plymouth history and some are already comparing what she is doing to when the basketball team won the state title three decades ago.
"It's great," says Morgan's high school teacher Katherine Hiatt. "It's just like '82. Scott Skiles was also one of my students as was most of that team. 30 years later, we're making history again."
It's unclear at this time whether the race with air on WNDU-TV on Wednesday night during NBC's primetime coverage. NBC has not yet announced if the race will air or not. This is out of WNDU's control.
The finals will be Friday at 3:45pm and can be seen LIVE on NBCOLYMPICS.COM. It will also be shown on WNDU, but the time is yet to be determined.