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From Edmonton to Idaho to India

Hello, everybody. I suppose an introduction is in order. My name is Angela Whyte. My game? Track and field. More specifically, I run the 100-metre hurdles.

I have the privilege to be on Canada's 2010 Commonwealth Games team. In case you don't know, the Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi, India from Oct. 3 through Oct. 14. So I have less than a month to go.

I have no clue when my event actually takes place. I just looked on the official 2010 Commonwealth Games website under schedules, but it only gives the basic dates (opening and closing ceremonies, and the dates during which each sport will be contested). It may just be me and my inability to navigate that website, but I didn't see the specifics anywhere. I'm not concerned, though. Just curious.

[Editor's note: According to an unofficial schedule of events, the women's 100-metre hurdles final is slated for Day 8, which is Oct. 11.]

Anyways, maybe I should give more information about me. I was born and raised in Edmonton (City of Champions, baby!) and I've always loved sports and competition. Throughout junior high and high school I played volleyball and basketball and did track (I say "did" because I suppose one doesn't "play" track).

At the tender age of 18 I left home to go to school and compete at the University of New Mexico. I spent two years there and then transferred to the University of Idaho (I know, I know: Idaho?!? The potatoes are irresistible. How could I pass that up?).

Despite the U of I's relatively low-key reputation, I flourished under the tutelage of my coach, Wayne Phipps, into a world-class sprint hurdler. I never saw that coming, really. Don't think many people did.

Idaho is where I am at this moment. Name of the "city" is Moscow (pronounced Mos-Coe: the locals get angry if you don't say it correctly). It's not really a city. It's a town. Sometimes I refer to it as a village. It's small. Very small.

I've been to two other Commonwealth Games - Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006. Great! That makes me feel old. I'm not, though!

In 2002 I was an inexperienced runner. I remember being extremely intimidated by everything. I ended up placing fifth. Not too bad, I guess.

Melbourne was a different story. With more international competitions under my belt by 2006, I had one goal - to medal. The story was that the Jamaicans, historically strong in women's hurdles, were going to finish 1-2-3 and sweep the podium. I wanted to be the spoiler. And spoil I did. I ended up getting the silver medal. Sorry, Jamaica!

And now I'm on the verge of my third Commonwealth Games. I'm excited. Being a world-class athlete has given me the opportunity to travel the world, but I've never been to India. I've always wanted to go, and now I get to. Pretty amazing.

Welcome to my world. With just over one month to go I'd like to invite you to keep checking back to read about my journey as I prepare to rock this little thing they call the Commonwealth Games.