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Fabled Hurdler Lovett To Run For The U.S. Virgin Islands At 2016 Rio Summer Olympics

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           Eddie Lovett of Florida

RIO DE JANEIRO — The Virgin Islands has another ringer to help it try to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Miami-born Eddie Lovett, who specializes in the 110-meter hurdles, will compete for the territory in Olympic track & field competition.

Lovett is currently a volunteer assistant coach at Penn State University and will be coached by Penn State track & field associate head coach Erin Tucker.

The American-born U.S. Virgin Islander sprinter holds the second fastest time in the 110 meter hurdles for juniors which he set at the 2011 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in Miramar, Florida.

He was a highly-touted football prospect, playing wide receiver and defensive back at Palm Beach Lakes Community High School, until he broke his arm early into his senior season, effectively ending his football career.

Lovett was an All-USA high school track and field team selection by USA Today in July 2010. He attended the University of Florida on a track scholarship and won a gold medal in Kazan, Russia as part of the 2013 Summer Universiade with a record time of 13.43.

He is currently managed by World Express Sports Management.

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Eddie Lovett (yellow shoes) running.



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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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