• Smith basically lost his entire 2007 season when his appendix ruptured, an infection set in and he sat hunched over in his house, with an abscess the size of a cantaloupe in his abdomen.
    • "If you miss a year and come back, it's going to take time," said coach Frank Gagliano of Smith's new training group, the Oregon Track Club. "And it took time. But the big stage brought out what Christian is made of."

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