Cheering on Molly Huddle at the Olympics

Gearing Up for Molly Huddle’s Olympic Debut

UPDATE: Molly Huddle Qualifies for 5000M Final in Olympics! We are all chanting run, molly, run and she did!

Huddle placed 5th place in heat two in the 5,000 meter with a time of 15:02:26.

Now, she moves to the finals on Friday, August 10th.

ELMIRA (WENY) --  Elmira residents are excited, and who can blame them?  27-year-old Molly Huddle, a former Notre Dame high school student, is representing her country on Tuesday at the 2012 London Olympics.

"We're all very excited about her, we put a sign in front of our house, Run Molly Run!" says Elmira resident, Linda Burns.

"Very proud of you Molly, wish you all the luck in the world, hope you win tomorrow!" says another Elmira woman, Candice Giaradi.

Huddle was a stand out at Notre Dame High School, winning national meets and setting a national high school two-mile record of 10:01 according to USA Track and Field.

"We're just happy to see someone representing our town at such a large forum and very excited to see her run onto victory," says Jean Germano of Pine City.

Notre Dame assistant principal Mike D'Aloisio knew Molly in high school and says he was impressed with her relentless work ethic both on and off the track.

"To get up at five in the morning and run three miles before she came to school and to run in blizzards and everything, that's what makes her so special," says  D'Aloiso who knows more members of her family and says all the Huddles have a strong work ethic. "That's why she's in London and we're in Elmira."

Huddle supporters say regardless of how she places on Tuesday, they're already proud of their hometown athlete that's putting her name and the city of Elmira on the map.

"Whatever happens at 5:55 {Tuesday} tomorrow morning, she's a success and she's a winner already," says D'Aloisio.

Molly has to place in the top three to make it to the finals this Friday.  **CORRECTION: Huddle has to place in the top 6, she places as number 5.**

Molly is scheduled to run between 5:30 and 6:30 AM on Tuesday, August 7. The race will air on NBC around 10:30 AM.  The finals will be on Friday.

To see the full Olympics schedule, go to this link: