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Live Quotes Day 2 (Saturday, June 23) - U.S. Olympic Team Trials

6/23/2012
 
MEN'S JAVELIN (PRELIM)

Timothy Glover, first place


On how the heat went…
“I am still trying to hit the A standard. Starting off I thought I could go out there and hit 82 [meters] no problem. The second throw, I hammered it too hard and messed up my footing.”

On the next step…
“It was a good series. Now I just have to get rested and ready for the final.”

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Sam Humphreys, second place

On the trials…
“Definitely more nervous. It’s a bigger meet and there is more on the line.”

On the rain…
“You just have to deal with it and shut things out. You don’t even hear the crowd and don’t feel the rain.”

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Sean Furey, sixth place

On himself and his potential…
“I have known I have had the potential for a long time. It has been in me for a long time and now I am just happy to get it out.”

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Samuel Crouser, seventh place

On his throw…
“I knew the distance to make the finals. I had nothing to lose.”

On his college experience…
“It is a learning experience. I’m doing as well as I can for what happened last year. I’m just trying to forget about it and come back. I was frustrated for a while, but I’ve put it behind me, and I’m healthy now.”

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Cyrus Hostetler, eighth place

On looking forward to the next round…
“I am looking forward to coming back in two days and showing what I can do…I will have lots of rest, look at video footage and fix what I wasn’t able to do today.”

On qualifying for the Olympics…
“It is a huge goal of mine to win the trials. I will do the best I can…I give 110 percent. It’s all about having fun. Not many people get to be out here. I got lucky I made it to the finals.”

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MEN'S SHOT PUT (PRELIM)

Adam Nelson, 15th place (does not advance to final)


On the Olympic Trials…
“I’d like to see the trials somewhere else, but I love Eugene. It has been a second home for my family.”

“I’d like to say thank you to all the guys out there, and wish them all the best.”

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WOMEN'S TRIPLE JUMP (PRELIM)

Lauryn Newson, third place

On the event…
“It felt really good. I was sick at Nationals. I came in with a clear mind.”

On the experience…
“I don’t know what I’m doing since I just started. Mostly just focusing on getting off my first step.”

On English Gardner qualifying for the 100m dash finals…
“That’s my roommate so we’ll go home and celebrate a little bit. Mentally she is a beast. I don’t expect anything less.”

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Erica McLain, sixth place

On today’s conditions…
“Bottom line I can’t do anything about the weather, but I can control how far I jump. Coach said just to execute the way I know how to. Winning this would be huge.”

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MEN’S 100 METERS (SEMIFINAL)

Tyson Gay, first place, Heat 2

On the race…
“It went pretty good. I started a little slow; considering it was raining it went pretty good…I need to stay focused.”

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Justin Gatlin, first place, Heat 5

On Hayward Field…
“I love this track. I have a lot of memories here both good and bad, but it’s historic.”

On his reception…
“Other than it raining and there being a poncho fest, the crowd was into it. There was a lot of hype.”

On team aspect…
“I’m not alone; it takes a team. I’m a team player.”

Closing statement…
“My name is Justin Gatlin and I was born to be great.”

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WOMEN’S 800 METERS (SEMIFINAL)

Molly Beckwith, first place, Heat 1

On the race…
“I feel very smooth. I’ll get good treatment, rest and get after it in two days.”

On her improvement from last year…
“I have so much more confidence. Last year it was ‘finish,’ this year it is ‘man, win your heat’…It’s great to be in contention to be an Olympian. I just need to run my own race.”

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Geena Gall, second place, Heat 1

On her race…
“I felt pretty good, definitely solid. I never felt like I was tying up or was in jeopardy. My body is a well-oiled machine.”

On 2nd place…
“I knew I was safe. I just wanted to get near Molly (Beckwith) at the end to be sure.”

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Alysia Montano, first place, Heat 2

On how she is feeling…
“It felt great. I never am really going for time; I just run. It’s like I press play. Everything else is left for practice.”

On what she plans on doing until the next race…
“I am going to relax and stay out of the track world till then.”

On her approach…
“I don’t think about it as the Olympic Trials when I am running and preparing; I think about it like any other 800 [meters]. The only difference is that it’s under a different name, but the running is the same.”

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MEN’S 800 METERS (SEMIFINAL)

Nicholas Symmonds, second place, Heat 2

On running with his teammates…
“I just thought to myself, ‘Here comes the OTC twosome!’ Once we get in front, no one is getting in our way.”

“Once we got shoulder-to-shoulder we stayed together and attacked. He [Tyler Mulder] ran beautifully.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we had two Oregon guys on the team, possibly even three.”

On the crowd…
“Just before they announce my name, hearing the fans screaming my name is amazing. It’s awesome having a home advantage.”

On approaching the finals…
“I am going to try and not think about the race until like two hours before it. I’m just going to hang out with my family and walk Pre’s trail and appreciate it. I haven’t actually gone on a walk on that trail ever, I always run it, so it’ll be nice just taking it all in.”

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Khadevis Robinson, first place, Heat 1

On his fans…
“If it weren’t for the fans, and I’m not saying this to be cute, I would be done. They mean so much that no matter if I win or lose, I can still inspire people.”

On his race…
“This race was good; you need that feeling sometimes. I was nervous, but if I can do that again Monday, I’ll be happy.”

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Tyler Mulder, first place, Heat 2

On his race…
“I felt good. I ran in lane one the whole time and I didn’t have to step off.”

On moving on to the finals…
“I feel it’s going to be competitive and I look forward to Monday.”

On if he makes Team USA…
“It’s going to mean a lot. I might cry if I make it. It’s going to be emotional.”

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MEN’S HIGH JUMP (PRELIM)

Jesse Williams, tied first place

On the Olympic Trials…
“I am here to have fun and that’s when I compete well…I just want to get through and getting top three…It’s all about top three…London is the goal.”

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MEN’S 400 METERS (SEMIFINAL)

Tony McQuay, first place, Heat 2

On his biggest competition for the finals…
“Myself. It’s me running out there…It’s going to be a tough one, but God is good.”

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LaShawn Merritt, first place, Heat 2

On his approach to the race…
“I don’t really know about times; I try not to focus on that. I just run and stay aware of my competitors. I just run.”

“The start does count; it counts for a lot. I have lost thousands of dollars in prize money because I was behind by a tenth of a second. So you have to run the whole thing from the start line to the finish line.”

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WOMEN’S 400 METERS (SEMIFINAL)

Dee Dee Trotter, second Place, Heat 1

On her approach…
“I’ve really focused on being tougher both physically and mentally because mentally I haven’t been good mainly because of my injury. So I’ve really tried to make a change in that and stay strong.”

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Sanya Richards-Ross, first place, Heat 1

On her win…
“I felt good today; I’m really happy to move on and stay strong.”

On continuing on in the Trials…
“I feel like I’m the most confident I’ve ever been. I’m really going to push myself.”

On Title IX anniversary…
“If it weren’t for Title IX none of us would be here, so I’m grateful.”

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Francena McCorory, first place, Heat 2

On her race…
“I felt a little stiff, but I felt great.”

On her next race…
“I need to get ready to work tomorrow. I won’t have a problem; I think I’ll be okay. It’s going to be a good race tomorrow. You’ll just have to stay tuned.”

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Phyllis Francis, eighth place, Heat 2

On her race…
“I’m really proud of myself. I’m fine. I just started the 400 four months ago, but I was disappointed on the last race.”

On her experience at the Trials…
“Just competing with competitors was great. I know what’s out there. Always bring your A game. I took a lot from this.”

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Diamond Dixon, third place, Heat 3

On how she felt…
“Physically, I felt good. I was more confident. I knew it was going to be a challenge and that I would have to work hard. Now I need to rest up, refocus and get ready to go tomorrow.”

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WOMEN'S 100-METER HURDLES (FINAL)

Dawn Harper, first place

On the race…
“I was pretty relaxed…The crazy part was I cramped up two or three times before the race. The race came together for sure. It’s a true blessing, knowing all the work I put into it.”

On the road to the Olympics…
“It’s been an interesting journey…to get on teams time and time again, I have to get respect at the end of the day.”

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Lolo Jones, third place

On this year…
“I was filled with doubt and fear. It’s been a constant uphill battle, and to have the confidence to get through this…I’m just thrilled, thrilled to have another shot.”

On qualifying…
“Once my name popped up, I fell on the track. It was crazy.”

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WOMEN'S 100 METERS (FINAL)

Carmelita Jeter, first place

On her mood…
“I am in a very special place right now. I am trying not to get emotional. This is my first Olympic team! I am extremely blessed.”

On going to London…
“I am excited to represent the U.S. in going to London. We have to represent the red, white and blue and I am sure that we will do that.”

On her approach…
“Patience all around. I have to be patient in the final. I can’t rush all my movements so I had to be patient and let the finish line come to me. Let Carmelita race and not worry about anyone else.”

On how she felt this morning…
“When I woke up this morning I felt really good. I didn’t feel stressed out and I was ready to execute. I talked to my parents this morning and they helped me out a lot. Obviously parents are very biased of their child’s abilities so they were a good confidence boost. They just told me to go out there and have fun and that’s exactly what I did.”

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Tianna Madison, second place

On the race…
“My coach told me to execute, run my race and not get frazzled…I have been working toward this for a lifetime. I’m very happy to sit between these two ladies…I know we will have a lot of success.”

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Jeneba Tarmoh, tied third (dead heat)

On her race…
“I felt very confident and comfortable. I’m so thankful for everything, my coach and my training partner.”

On the key to success…
“The key ingredient is trust. You have to trust and get out of your comfort zone. My agent told me to just trust the program and you’ll be fine and that’s what I did.”

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Allyson Felix, tied third (dead heat)

On coming in fourth place…
“Fourth is the worst and I’m just really disappointed. I worked really hard and it just didn’t come together.”

“You think of things that you could have done differently. I am happy for my teammate getting third, but I am really disappointed.”

On getting fourth being a blessing so that she can join the Olympic team for relays…
“God has the bigger plan; you may think you have it but in the end things work out a certain way for a reason. Now I can focus fully on relays.”

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MEN’S DECATHLON (FINAL)

Ashton Eaton, first place

On achieving the world record…
“It is a representation of all the work I have put in, but also my friends, family support and staff have put in…There is not much I can say.”

“I really truly love the decathlon community and track and field world.”

“To me it’s my whole world, and to do the best I possibly could in my world, that means a lot for me.”

On Hayward Magic…
“I am a big believer in the Hayward Magic. At 600 meters I knew there was no way I wasn’t going to get the record.”

On a summary of the decathlon…
“It’s like living an entire lifetime in two days. It has ups and downs and comebacks…Everybody loves life and it seems why people like it.”

On becoming a decathlete…
“The decathlon chooses you; you never chose it…I was attracted to the athleticism, and to maximize my athleticism as much as I could.”

On getting the world record at Hayward Field…
“I love them [the fans], I love this field and it’s special for it to happen here. It is a very special race.”

On the possibility of getting the world record…
“I felt in the moment…I knew there was maybe not another opportunity to make this count.”

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Trey Hardee, second place

On the decathlon…
“It’s awesome…the elbow held…I had to have a lot more faith and patience. I couldn’t be more excited.”

On the weather…
“Weather is something every decathlete thinks about but doesn’t let it affect them.”

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Bryan Clay, 12th place

On the final day of the decathlon…
“It was a rough day for me, but it was fun to be a part of what Ashton [Eaton] had going on. Anytime a decathlon goes bad for an athlete, they want to pick up their stuff and walk off so it was tough not to.”

On finishing the decathlon…
“I didn’t want to finish. My coaches made me and I had to for my family. As much as I didn’t want to, there was no other option. I want to be the best role model, and the worst thing you can do as a role model is quit.”

On what’s next…
“I don’t think I’ll hang it up. There is always another team to be made.”

On Ashton Eaton…
“It’s unbelievable. I don’t know if anyone has matured in the event as quickly as he did. It’s mind-boggling.”


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