Former UM Standout Dominique Darden Might Make the US Olympic Team


Dominique Darden 2009

EUGENE, Ore. — Dominique Darden is a nightclub hostess by night — very, very late at night.

When the sun comes up, she takes off her high heels and puts on her spikes. By day, Darden is an aspiring Olympian.

She runs around the clock, but in two different worlds. When she’s not working 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Dream in South Beach or at King of Diamonds in Miami, she’s training at the University of Miami track. Or grabbing a nap.

The grueling schedule has paid off for Darden in one of the sport’s most grueling events: the 400-meter hurdles. Darden finished with the fifth-best semifinal time (55.77 seconds) on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. She’s an unlikely finalist, but if she finishes in the top three Sunday she will make the team for the London Olympics.

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By Linda Robertson.