Summer Through Ginnie’s Lens

It’s been a whirlwind summer for Ginnie Crawford, from competing through pain at the U.S. Championships to coaching in Cali, spending time with friends in family in LA and Seattle, then heading over to St. Louis, GC has seen plenty. Through her Instagram, she takes us along for the journey.

Ginnie Falls Just Short in U.S. Semifinal

Ginnie Crawford’s bid to make her fourth IAAF World Championships came up just short on Saturday at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.

After a great performance on Friday evening to finish second in her heat and place seventh overall in the field during preliminaries, Ginnie finished fifth on Sunday in her semifinal heat with a 12.67 second time identical to that which she ran in Friday’s preliminary.

Her time was eighth fastest between the two semifinal races, but rather than taking the top eight overall times, the USATF takes the top four from each semifinal heat to the final, which left GC out of the final for the first time since she started competing at the senior level. Afterward, Ginnie took to Twitter to share her thoughts.

A Season’s Best in Rome

With just two weeks until the USA Outdoor Championships, Ginnie Crawford picked a great time for her best run of the year.

Ginnie ran the 100-meter hurdles in a season’s best 12.90 seconds to finish third on Thursday at the Samsung Diamond League Golden Gala in Rome, Italy.

It was Ginnie’s first sub-13-second run of the 2013 outdoor season and she as she tweeted afterward, a confidence builder.

TRAINING PARTNERS
Prior to racing on Thursday in Rome, Ginnie got so practice time in during the Italian trip with training partners Allyson Felix, Dawn Harper and Jeneba Tarmoh. After they finished their session, the quartet mugged it up for the camera.

CATCHING UP

Meets like Thursday’s in Rome are about more than competition for Ginnie and her fellow athletes. They also enjoy a special camaraderie of elite athletes and the Golden Gala give GC a chant to meet up with good friend Natasha Hastings, a 400-meter specialist.

Like Ginnie, Hastings finished third in Rome and afterward the two posed for a photo that Hastings later posted on Instagram.

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Ginnie Takes Second in Beijing

The 2013 outdoor season is sure to present it’s challenges, but Ginnie Crawford got over the first hurdle well on Tuesday night in Beijing.

In her first event since April, Ginnie took second place in the 100-meter hurdles at the IAAF World Challenge Beijing meeting. Times were low across the board in Beijing and GC’s time of 13:03 was just .16 shy of winner Kellie Wells, last year’s bronze medalist in the event.

GINNIE’S VIEW 

Ginnie Crawford relishes the opportunity to give her fans an inside look at her life and career and this season, she’s using Instagram to give fans behind the scenes access.

The IAAF World Challenge Beijing meet took Ginnie on her first international road trip of the 2013 Outdoor season. For the trip across the Pacific Ocean showed off her Team Nike pride.

Upon arriving at the hotel, Ginnie tweeted out the view from her room.

Arriving early gave Ginnie and training partner Jeneba Tarmoh a chance to explore the city before the meet.

Tuesday was race day at the Bird’s Nest and Beijing, but not before Ginnie and training partner Allyson Felix had some fun for the camera.

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Ginnie Takes Second At Millrose Games

Running on U.S. soil competitively for the first time in 2013, Ginnie Crawford put in her best race of the young season on Saturday at the 106th Millrose Games.

In her third indoor 60-meter hurdles competition of the season, Ginnie improved on her season’s best time by a full tenth of a second and finished second with a run of 7.97 at the iconic indoor event. She ended up just .13 off the race-winning pace set by Yvette Lewis. Afterward, Ginnie tweeted that she was pleased with the effort.

A capacity crowd of more than 4,000 spectators was on hand for the event and Ginnie paid tribute to them after the race.

GC Makes Big Stride in Second Race of Season

With each race in the start to her 2013 season, Ginnie Crawford is taking strides toward improvement.

That was the case again on Friday in Dusseldorf, Germany as Ginnie Crawford ran the 60-meter hurdles in a season’s best time of 8.07 to finish fifth at the PSD Bank Indoor meeting. Ginnie’s time of 8.07 was a full tenth better than her 8.17-second run last weekend at the Russian Winter Meeting.

NEXT UP
Ginnie is back in action next Saturday, August 16 as she returns to the U.S. to compete in the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City.

The event can be seen live on ESPN3.com starting at 4 p.m. PST. The women’s 60-meter hurdles are scheduled for a 5:10 p.m. PST start time.

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Instagraming The Offseason

After a long track season — one of the best of her career — Ginnie Crawford is using the offseason to unwind and catch her breath. Since arriving back in Los Angeles in early September, Ginnie has spent time in LA, Miami, Cancun and Seattle, enjoying life to the fullest. She took fans along for the ride with her camera and Instagram.

The offseason started just one day after Ginnie returned from abroad after her final race of the year in Croatia when a friend surprised her with a trip to the Video Music Award at Staples Center.

LA life...MTV VMA's with @elementofjess

From there it was on to the weekend, as Ginnie celebrated her September 7th birthday with friends and family in LA.

A little bday fun with great friends

9.10 - With my favs! @brittni_mitchell @vincettamendola @domesticdiva1982@lataunya2002 @valleyshaq
We are at it again! Shutting the city down

A week after her birthday, Ginnie got the special treat of participating in a gold tournament with R&B singer Brian McKnight.

Me and Brian McKnight golfing yesterday

Just days later, it was off to Miami, where Ginnie and her friends spent their days on the beach and their nights in the club.

Miami Beach Fun! Love these ladies!

Miami nights it was all a dream!
Club LIV with the ladies @lataunya2002 @dominquedarden @choice315

The group returned from Miami and Ginnie had another week in Los Angeles before heading back out on another min-vacation with some friends and fellow athletes/training partners to Cancun, Mexico.

#Mexico Living

The trip featured sandy beaches, plenty of realxing and a taste of the nightlife, but it also took Ginnie and her friends on a few adventures include snorkeling and cave jumping!

#yolo jump in the Mayan cave today and swam around
@af85 @lataunya2002 @dharp100mh the ladies
My ace! BFF! @lataunya2002
Me and my girl Allyson all smiles after snorkeling #mexico
Enjoy every moment of life
This collage is kind of vein lol

Following her trip to Mexico, Ginnie went back to her hometown of Seattle, where she watched her USC Trojans beat the Washington Huskies  and her Seattle Seahawks beat the New England Patriots on back-to-back days at Century Link Field. Since then, Ginnie has been taking some time to enjoy Seattle before she has to head back to LA.

USC vs UW game in my home city with my ace/ninja/BFF @elementofjess #fighton
Had fun watching my Seahawks play today!

 

Happy Monday!
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! *mr. Rogers voice* #206

To keep up with Ginnie throughout the offseason, follow her on Twitter, Like her page on Facebook and find her on Instagram @vgpowell.

First at the Finish Line

Ginnie Crawford crossed the finish line for the final time in 2012 on Tuesday and it was only fitting that she did so in first place.

With her 2012 season at its end, Ginnie saw Tuesday’s Hanzekovic Memorial race in Zagreb, Croatia as a chance to give it her last best shot. GC did just that, running one of her best races of the year to finish first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.68. The win was her sixth and final one of 2012. Watch the race below:

After the race, Ginnie used her Twitter account to thank her fans for their support all season long:

Thank you everybody for the well wishes and congrats!! I came away with the win in my last race of the season with 12.68!!

— Ginnie Crawford (@GinnieCrawford) September 4, 2012

Ginnie’s six wins mark her most ever in an individual season and they all came in different countries. After starting her season in the Caribbean, where she picked up her first win in the Cayman Islands on May 9th, Ginnie returned to North America and won a tuneup for the Olympic Trials in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on June 13th.

She went on to finish fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials, a heartbreaking four-tenths of a second away from being an Olympian. But Ginnie used the disappointment as a motivator and capped her season with four more wins after the Trials. In her first race post-trials she posted a season’s best 12.59 in Paris, her fastest time since 2007.

Ginnie followed that up with a win in Nancy, France a few days later and then posted her second best time of the year —12.61 — to win in Luzern, Switzerland just one week after her win in France. Following a trip home for some R&R, Ginnie hit the track hard again after the Olympics and won twice more. The first of those two came in Linz two weeks ago and she followed it up with Tuesday’s victory in Zagreb.

All told, Ginnie established herself as one of the world’s best in the 100-meter hurdles in 2012, with six wins and six times in the World Top 50.

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Ginnie Wins in Linz

Ginnie Crawford is picking up right where she left off last month.

GC won her fifth race of the year on Monday when she claimed victory in the women’s 100-meter hurdles at the Gugl Games in Linz, Austria. Ginnie’s time of 12.68 was only her sixth fastest this year, but she was proud to earn the victory, as she noted on her Twitter feed:

Happy with the win today in Linz! Trying to get my wheels spinning again.

— Ginnie Crawford (@GinnieCrawford) August 20, 2012

Photos by David Schellander

As always, the 100-meter hurdles in Linz was a competitive race, but Ginnie pulled away at the end and crossed the line first with a great lean, nearly a tenth faster than second place Queen Harrison and .15 faster than Olympic medalist Kellie Wells, who finished third. Watch the race below:


NEXT UP

Ginnie’s next race is on Thursday is Switzerland, where she will run the 100-meter hurdles in the Samsung Diamond League Athletissima meet in Lausanne.

She will be competing against a tough field that includes 2012 Olympic silver medalist Dawn Harper  as well as fellow American standouts Kristi Castlin, Queen Harrison and Loreal Smith. The women’s 100-meter hurdles will be run at 8:22 p.m. local time in Lausanne (11:22 a.m. PDT). Follow the results live on the Samsung Diamond League website.

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Sweet Swiss Victory

A rejuvenated Ginnie Crawford traveled over to Europe looking to put the past behind her. With her second win in 11 days, she went a long way toward doing that.

Ginnie posted her second best time of the season — 12.61 — to win the 100-meter hurdles at Spitzen Leichtathletik in Lucerne, Switzerland on Tuesday. She crossed nearly two tenths of a second ahead of olympian Kellie Wells, who finished third in 12.79.

The victory completed a whirlwind two weeks for Ginnie that saw her compete in France, England and Switzerland. In the process, she piled up two wins and topped her previous season’s best three times.

Those three times — 12.59 in Paris, 12.62 in London and 12.61 in Lucerne — are the three fastest times Ginnie has run since 2007. She’s also one of only five women to go sub-12.6 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles this year.

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