Efraimson embodies American spirit
Camas runner brings home a bronze medal from World Youth Championships
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
As the American flag draped across her shoulders, Alexa Efraimson beamed with joy.She couldn’t catch two Ethiopians in the 1,500-meter race July 13, but the 16-year-old from Camas beat athletes from Great Britain, Germany, Kenya, South Africa, Japan, Denmark and China to capture a bronze medal for Team USA at the World Youth Track and Field Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.
“I’m so tired right now, but this is a really proud moment,” Efraimson said. “This is what I had been training for all year long. For it to all pay off in that moment was really special.”
Dan Efraimson flew from Portland to New York to Moscow to Donetsk to see his daughter compete. Watching her run around the track with other world class athletes sent shivers down his spine.
“You realize these are going to be the next Olympians. They are doing things that you don’t get to see on a regular basis. It’s amazing just to experience that and to realize Alexa is a part of that,” Dan Efraimson said. “This was not just Camas and not just the Evergreen Storm; this was representing your entire country. For her to travel to the other side of the world and find the strength to compete on an international level will always be impressive to me.”