The plan was ambitious, no doubt. And when we missed by 1 out of 530, the plan to set the record straight was just as ambitious.
For our London Olympics preview which published way back on July 27, we set out to picture every member of the
We had her data but not her photo, so we included Michta’s name in our listing on Page 11 of the 12-page section. And, for reasons that seemed clearer on deadline than they might now, we used No. 282 to list siblings — Steven and Diana
We wanted to set the record straight. We also wanted to picture Michta with her teammates, to finally realize the full scope of our intent. Only one way to do that: Get the section into her hands in London and shoot a photo of the moment. So that's what we did. After some fast work by UPS and some good cheer from Michta (she called our consuming effort to complete the record "hilarious"), we have now the full Olympic team in one picture and the story behind her Olympic trials, inspiring like so many.
And, for my money, I have the only race walker I'll ever be able to name.
Maria Michta, race walker, Nesconset, N.Y.