Campbell hammers her way to Olympics with hard work

Former Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett recalls an encounter that tells you everything you need to know about how hammer thrower Amber Campbell made it to the Olympics.

Eager to be the first on his staff to arrive to work each day, Bennett pulled onto campus before dawn one cold, rainy morning only to spot Campbell practicing at the CCU track.

Hard work, and lots of it, paved the way for the six-time USA Track & Field Indoor champion and 2012 US Olympic Trials champion to her second Summer Games.

Campbell went from being a newcomer to the sport at the collegiate level to one of the best in the women’s weight throw and hammer throw in the country over the past 10 years.

She owns the third-farthest indoor weight throw in American history. Campbell has represented Team USA at three World Outdoor Championships (2005, 2009, 2011)  and two-time Olympian (2008, 2012).

Campbell is a volunteer assistant coach for throwers at Coastal Carolina after finishing her career as one of the school’s most distinguished athletes of all-time.

After getting her first taste of the Olympic experience in Beijing four years ago, Campbell has landed in London looking for a taste of bronze, silver and, ideally, gold.

Campbell arrived in London over the weekend and is preparing for first-round qualifying on Wednesday. The finals of the women’s hammer throw is set for 5:15 a.m. (ET).

But as Campbell has proven during her more than decade-long pursuit of an Olympic medal, she doesn’t have a problem with getting up early.

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