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University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Graduate Takes Aim at Olympics

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Graduate Takes Aim at Olympics

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Amanda Stevens of Enid set a goal of becoming a doctor while she was in high school.

I took a class in anatomy when I was in 10th grade, Stevens said. That's when I knew it was more than just a game. I wanted to be a doctor.

A May graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Stevens is now officially a doctor.

Now she has a new goal - becoming an Olympic athlete.

A former swimmer at Texas Christian University, Stevens began competing in triathlons in 2001 after receiving encouragement from friends. Her first triathlon was in Bixby but less than a year later Stevens was ranked among the best in the world after she won the 2001 USA National Triathlon Championships.

I'd kept up with my swimming, mostly for fun, so I was still in good shape, Stevens said. I didn't think adding two more sports would be that difficult. I was a little leery of the running. When I was in college, we would occasionally run two miles. I thought that was forever.

In the Olympic-format competitions, Stevens, 29, runs 6.2 miles after swimming 0.93 miles and biking 24.8 miles.

She focused on swimming as her sport during her senior year of high school, earning a scholarship to Texas Christian University. Stevens earned several Division I awards and graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees in biology and chemistry.

You just learn to focus on what you have to do, Stevens said. It wasn't easy, but I just fit it all in.

She kept a 4.0 grade point average the first two years of medical school at OU before taking a break to try to earn a spot on the 2004 Olympic team.

She trained for two years as part of the 2002 Collegiate Resident Team at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. …

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