The amazing Shalane Flanagan took bronze at yesterday's World Cross Country Championships in Spain, continuing a string of world-class performances that began with her second place finish in last year's New York City Marathon. Coincidentally, my profile of Shalane just hit the stands in the April issue of Runner's World. I had a chance to talk with Shalane and watch her train at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon, and also saw her run with training partner Lisa Koll at the UW Dempsey Indoor meet in January. She's an amazing athlete to watch: Such a smooth, quiet runner. I'm excited about the next Olympic marathon trial, just announced for Houston in January 2012. I've profiled two of the leading contenders--Shalane and Kara Goucher--and can't wait to see them run against Deena Kastor and one of the strongest American fields ever.