It’s been a long road to the Tokyo Olympics for Albuquerque resident and Highland High School grad Anicka Newell.
The pole vaulter has dual citizenship in Canada where she was named to the Olympic team in 2016 for the Rio de Janeiro games. But Newell says she choked in that competition. Then she had to wait an extra year as the 2020 games were delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Her parents, Tim and Marina Peters Newell, said the extra time actually worked in Anicka’s favor. They will watch her compete in the pole vault final at 4 a.m. Mountain Time Thursday from their home in Albuquerque.