Canyon High School Senior, Norman Grimes, Trains To Qualify For Olympic Trials Despite Injury


About two weeks ago Norman Grimes strained his hamstring at a hurdling meet. 

 His coaches said his High School career was over, but for a Canyon High School Senior, his journey to the Olympics Trials is just getting started. 

 For the Grimes family, Norman’s pursuit to be an Olympic Trials Qualifier isn’t just a solo mission, but a family affair.

 His mom coaches him, while his dad does the research for the meets. 

 Grimes caught the hurdling bug in 7th grade from his sister, and since then he’s been competing all across the U.S.

 The hamstring injury isn’t the only hurdle that Grimes has had to overcome in his career, last year he had an appendectomy that took him out of the game for a while. But his parents say he bounced back from that and won his meet. 

 So they say they’re not worried about his ability to get the job done this summer.

 “That’s what God’s going to do, there’s going to be things in your way. Now how you going to handle it? Are you going to sit down and moan and groan and give up? Well that will get you nowhere, so what are you going to do? And so it’s a healing process and he’s done the work, we’ve done the work, “said Deedy Grimes, Norman’s mom.

 Grimes says since his injury he’s been swimming and doing some light exercises to get him ready and trained to compete in the trials.

 Grimes says currently as a high schooler he ranks number one in the U.S. for hurdling: that’s in the 400 and 300 division.  

 So far the Panhandle has two people representing the area in the Olympic Trials this summer. 

 Chase Wolfle for pole vaulting and Michael Stigler for hurdling.

 Grimes will compete at the same time as those athletes, in July. 


About two weeks ago Norman Grimes strained his hamstring at a hurdling meet. 

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