The British have a storied history in track and field, and Jessica Ennis is the latest example of this ongoing tradition.
She competes in the series of seven track and field events known as the heptathlon, and she's the British national record holder for this series. She specializes in the 100-meter hurdles race.
A veteran of several European and world championships, she's on her way to make her name as familiar to Americans as to her countrymen, and literally on her home turf. As this blog entry is "going to press," as it were, Jessica Ennis is leading in the Olympic women's heptathlon at the 2012 London Games.