Former dancer Valarie Allman wins U.S. first Olympic track gold in Tokyo
Valarie Allman won Team USA's first Olympic gold medal in athletics in the discus final on Monday in Tokyo.
The big picture: Allman is the first American to have a medal in the discus throw since 2008. Her 68.98 meter throw beat the throw of the German silver medalist Kristin Pudenz by more than two meters.
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The intrigue: Allman wasn't always a discus thrower. In fact, she was a professional dancer. Allman recalled in a statement that she was considering taking up additional activity when she learned that throwers were throwing a spaghetti dinner.
"They said if you come to try one of the throwing events you can come for dinner," Allman said.
“That convinced me. Now when I look back, damn it, that was the best spaghetti dinner of my entire life.
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