Grandmother placed third in the 20K race walking event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.


A Pennsylvania grandmother had an impressive showing at the U.S. Olympics team trials over the weekend when she finished third in the race walking event.

Michelle Roehl, 58, finished third in the 20,000km race-walking event in Springfield, Oregon on Saturday with a fast time of 1:42:17.

Her impressive journey comes more than 20 years after she first walked away from the horror game.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ruhl retired from homeschooling her five children — all of whom are now grown.

It also comes three months after the birth of her first grandchild.

“She's a passionate grandmother,” her husband, Michael Roehl, told the newspaper that joined the race. “We get pictures of our little grandson every day.”

Ruhl had already competed in three Olympics – 1992, 1996, and 2000 – but never came close to finishing third.

Her top finish in those years was in 1996 when she competed in the 10K walk and finished 14th.

The four-time U.S. champion in the 20K trained daily as she prepared for the trials even after she suffered a concussion last year and continued knee pain, the Inquirer reported.

A few weeks ago, she reportedly sprained her chin when she tripped and fell during a run at the Olympic Trials on Saturday, June 29.

Grandmother placed third in the 20K race walking event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.

But the injury didn't slow him down.

“I just said, 'I have to stay on my feet and keep moving,'” the new grandmother told the newspaper.

Ruhl began her career as a distance runner in college before switching to racewalking due to Achilles tendon injuries.

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