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Quotes from IAAF World Indoor Championships Press Conference


Ashton Eaton, defending heptathlon champion and current world record holder

On his preparation for competing at Ergo Arena

“My aim is always to treat the crowd and great crowds fuel me. As far as I’ve heard, the atmosphere is great. Good atmosphere and crowds usually translate into great performances for me. All an athlete asks is to be healthy and I have both (a great crowd and my health).”

On competing alongside his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton (CAN), in the combined events

“My coach will definitely be the most tired tomorrow. This is the first time (Brianne and I) have done a World Indoor Championships together. This will be the first time we’ve competed (in the combined events) at the same meet in such close proximity. So when I’m doing the long jump, she’ll be doing shot put; we’ll be 20 meters away. It’ll be fun to kind of look over and cheer her on and see how she’s doing and also get some encouragement. We do practice together and it’ll increase our performances being able to feed off each other.”

On athletes using 2014 to try new events

“When Renaud (Lavillenie) decided to do the decathlon pole vault this summer to try to break the world record, I already thought highly of him, but after that I just gained so much respect for him. He long jumped with all the decathletes. He did the whole decathlon and even though he didn’t break the world record, he enjoyed himself. You can tell he’s a real sportsman; to me, that’s what it’s all about. The 400 hurdles just sounded like fun. I’m taking it easy this year as far as the decathlon is concerned. I like running the 400 and I like the hurdles, so I thought it’d be fun this year to do that, get some fitness and try something new.”

On if he will try to break his own world record

“It’s all about pushing the limits and seeing where it takes you. The IAAF invites (the combined event athletes) because they saw our performances and wanted us to compete here. I’m not going for a world record, I’m competing to win and whatever else happens is a cherry on top.”

Allen Johnson, Team USA Assistant Men’s Coach and IAAF Athlete Ambassador

“The reason why I competed so long is because I really enjoyed it. If I could physically do it, I’d still be competing. Athletics provided me with a lot of friends, a lot of excitement and I got to travel the world. I got to experience new cultures, make great friends and I just really, really enjoyed it. Because of that, I wanted to give back. I’m an assistant sprint coach at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. It’s a joy for me to watch athletes improve, especially at the Air Force Academy, because they’re going to go on to serve their country in the armed forces and protect our nation.”


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