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Live Quotes Day 5 (Thursday, June 28) - U.S. Olympic Team Trials

6/28/2012
 
Women's 1500

Morgan Uceny, 1st place, Heat 2

On her race…
“I was pretty comfortable. It was mostly small little trips. At this point I can’t have that happen. That’s why I had to get to the front. I can’t be clipped from behind.”

Jenny Simpson, 2nd place, Heat 1

One the race
“One of the things is I have the work to do but not the burden to carry. It’s a great opportunity.”
“There is so much jockeying around and you know its going to be slow, you just have to be fast the last 400-meters.”

Jordan Hasay, 4th place, Heat 3
About the race…
“I felt comfortable the first 800 meters.“It’s exciting to have the whole town behind me.”
About the final…
“I think I will do better with a faster pace.  It will definitely be faster tomorrow.”
It’s an honor to be out there representing Oregon.”

Anna Pierce, 2nd place,  Heat 3
How’d you feel…
“I felt really good, really bad during warm-ups. Felt great during the race.”


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Men’s 1500

AJ Acosta, 2nd place, Heat 2

On the race…
“I felt great. After New York…it was great getting a 3:40 under my belt.”
“It’s like you’re playing poker and you have a pocket ace.”
 
William Leer, 1st place, Heat 1
On the race…
“I was really hoping the first race would be a 3:48 race to take the pressure off of me.”
 
On how the race felt…
“I felt good and relaxed running from the front.”
 
On his momentum…
“Today I am feeling very good, tomorrow I am going to leave it all on the track.”

David Torence, 2nd Place, Heat 1
About the race…
“I felt in greater control, but it was a bit faster than I expected.”
About his at home training…
“I trained really well and I am feeling the best I can be.”
“I have faith in my coach, my training and myself.”
 
Russell Brown, 3rd Place, Heat 3
On the race…
“First round, 24 hours later…it’s good to get one out of the way.”
Garrett Heath, 3rd place, heat two
 The race…
“It felt good to get things going.”
“It was kinda nerve wracking.  I’ve been watching the races on tv.”
 
Andrew Wheating, 4th place, Heat 3
About the physical contact…
“There was pushing and shoving the final lap.  I bumped into a couple people.”
About the final…
“I feel good and Russell and I are ready to go.”

Jordan McNamara, 1st place, Heat 3
On his race…
“I found myself a little farther than I wanted to be with 350 to go. My coach wanted me to move earlier, but it was nice to get out there and it feels good. I just had to wake myself up.”
On how he feels…
“I’’m running angry. I feel like one of the best three in the country. Things finally have come together…I’m only 25 once. I want to put on a show.”
On competing…
“To be competitive, you need injury free training. I didn’t have that, so I focused on speed.”
 
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Men’s Triple Jump

Christian Taylor, 1st in heat

About the long jump…
“I’m out here trying to make a statement.” I feed a lot off of the crowd.  The atmosphere is so positive. I use long jump to get a feel of the atmosphere and shake off the nerves.”
About being nominated for the Bowerman…
“I thought it was a joke at first.” It’s great to be a nominee and I’m just trying to get some exposure.”
 
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Women's 400 Meter Hurdles

Tiffany Williams, 1st place, heat 3

On the race…
“I felt really really good. I was really relaxed and was able to qualify.”
On the weather…
“In London, the weather could be just like this. It’s not really a factor.”
On her situation in regard to the race…
“I am really really blessed. I am going to go talk to my coach and see what his game plan is.”

Lashinda Demus,1st Place, Heat 1
On competing…
“Felt great. It’s been a long season coming off injuries…now I’m just focusing on keeping it clean and getting through the rounds.”
On the competition…
“I never underestimate my competition. They’re all fast runners, you never know what’s going to happen. I respect my competitors.”
On how she feels physically…
“Everything feels good. I’m not at top shape, but I’m getting through it. I tore my hamstring, but I’m totally healed. Training has been going well.”

Georganne Moline, 1st place, Heat 2
On the race…
“It wasn’t the race I wanted but it’s good to move up.”
On adversity…
“When you get on the line, your competitors don’t care if you’re hurt or injured. You just have to get after it.”

T’Erea Brown, 1st place, Heat 4
On the race…
“It was very easy. I didn’t want to run myself down in the first round, just enough to make it in.”
“It wasn’t draining at all. It wasn’t hard walking off.”
On strategy for the next round…
“Next round, I’m going to stay in the middle.”
 
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Men's 400 Hurdles

Angelo Taylor, 1st place, Heat 1

On the race…
“It was easy to run. I went out to make a statement. Training’s been going really well; this is the best I’ve ran since 2000.”
On mentality:
“I don’t really worry about anybody. When I practice it’s just me and the hurdles.”

Bershawn Jackson, 1st Place, Heat 2
About the race…
“It felt great.  The time is now.  I want to make my dream a reality.”
About the weather…
I’m not too worried about the weather.  It’ll be the same in London.”

Michael Tinsley, 1st place, Heat 3
On the race…
“It felt pretty good. I didn’t want to run really hard, but it’s good to get the win.”


Kerron Clement, 1st place, heat 4
How’d you feel…
“I was very relaxed. My plan was to trust in myself.”
What he has been doing…
“I’ve been injured and surgery. I am just blessed to back out here again.”
“I really couldn’t hurdle the past couple off months because of the surgery. I couldn’t extend my leg.”
On the next round…
“I’ve got to stay positive and run my own race.”

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Women's 200

Kimberlyn Duncan, 1st place, heat 1
On training…
“Our coach trained us well, so I felt ready to go.”
On the next rounds…
“Just trying to make it through each and every round, that’s the main goal.”
On confidence…
“I am confident enough to compete at things like this.”

Sanya Richards-Ross, 1st Place, Heat 2
On her race…
“It was good. The first round is always the toughest because you really want to go for it, but you have to hold back…My coach wanted me to go for it though and that’s what I did.”

Bianca Knight, 2nd place, Heat 4
On the importance of saving energy in the prelims…
“Very important. The next heat will be run like a final. I just have to be ready for tomorrow.”
What time is good enough to go to London?
“22.2. I will definitely have to PR if I’m going to make the team.”

Porscha Lucas, 3rd place, Heat 6
On post-race nerves…
“I’m pretty calm right now…I have to just tell myself that you’ve been training for this all year and that you just have to do this.”

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Men's Pole Vault

Derek Miles, 3rd place, finals
On his health…
“The therapy has been really good. It has gotten me back to running on the runway which I wasn’t sure I could even do.”
 
“You can always grind through some pain, but when it keeps getting worse you can’t do anything about it.”

Jeremy Scott, 2nd place, finals
On competition…
“You want to make the top three. I’ve been coming off some injuries. I wanted to squeak through and make the team.” 
On his accomplishment…
“Right now I don’t know if I realize what is going on here quite yet. You have these goals set up. It’s really about the next four or five weeks.”
 Who he shared the experience with…
“My wife and mom and dad were out here so it was great sharing this with them.”
 
Scott Roth, 3rd place, Finals (No “A” Standard)
Post-competition reflection:
“I came into this meet knowing that I didn’t have the A standard, so it was disappointing to not have the standard and not make the team. But, at the same time, it was nice to get third place and run a victory lap around Hayward Field.”

Brad Walker, 1st  Place pole vault
On his thoughts of the competition…
“You got to place top 3. I’m not happy with the height, but I’m happy with the win, and the win is more important than the height.”
On his vaults in Beijing…
“I definitely wasn’t happy with what happened in Beijing. I can put it behind me in a healthy way and use it as motivation. I won’t completely forget about it, but it’ll be safely out of the way.”

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Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase


Evan Jager, 1st Place

“I wanted to go up in top 3rd…I ended up finding myself in 2nd and I got to conserve energy…then I was in the lead with 500 to go and pushed it from there. I saw I had it and had pure elation on my face and I knew I was going to London.”
“Today was my fourth steeplechase. I wasn’t really worried about my lack of experience coming into the trials because the steeple felt so natural. My first race I was just a few seconds under the A standard, so I was pretty confident I could come and compete with these guys.”
On the final stretch…
“Mostly I was looking back to make sure I had secured a spot on the team…The crowd was cheering. I kind of played into it and fully embraced the experience of Hayward field.”
 
Donald Cabral, 2nd place, finals
On the race…
“I wanted to do a much better job today than in prelims.”
“So I got out up near the front and ended up taking the lead which I didn’t want to do.”
“I was in fourth for a good portion of the middle of the race. I started to try and push it and close the gap.”
 
“I felt good in the penultimate lap, felt great in the last 400. I closed hard and one I once I got out of the water I knew I was going to London.”

On flirting with disaster…
“It was a little difficult to see, I was focusing more on Evan than on the hurdle. It definitely slowed me down a bit and was risky.”

Kyle Alcorn, 3rd place, Final
On the race…
“It was a battle for 7 ½ laps. Going into the race, my main focus was a move in the middle of the race.
“I usually rely on my kick pretty heavily, but I had to give it all I had to hold on to third place. It was super exciting to finish third and know that I’m going to London.”
On journey
“The journey started here running for Oregon, then I ran at Arizona State. We’ve been training for many, many years to get to the training and mileage we have.”

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Men's Discus

Lance Brooks, first place, finals

On the last throw…
“The fourth and fifth throws I tried to get after it a little bit. I know I had to calm down for the my last throw. I just had to relax.”
On his after college decision…
“I didn’t really know track and field existed after college. My heart was set on basketball. When I made the world team I started to focus a little more.”
On his Olympic chances…
“It dawned on me a little after a year ago that I could make the Olympic team.”
On how hard it is to be a professional discus thrower…
“At one time I had seven jobs. You can’t really have seven jobs and be a professional athlete. It’s all about sponsorships.”

Jarred Rome, 2nd Place
On his throws…
“I went for it on my last throw and gave it 100%. I thought if I slip, I slip, and fortunately I didn’t.”
On working and being an athlete…
“I didn’t make one cent until I  made the Olympic team…At the end of the day it’s that much more satisfying when you do make it.”

Jason Young, 3rd place, Final
On journey…
“For me, it’s been a long journey just like these guys. I almost quit this sport a year ago and lost my job, so I didn’t know if I was going to support myself.”
On making a living throwing discus…
“Discus throwing is something you get better at with age; you really have to have a long-term focus over 5-7 years.
I made my first national team a year ago, but I was 30 years old. So it takes a lot of long-term dedication to get where you want to go.”

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Women's 5000 Meter

Julie Culley, 1st place, final

Bout the final…
“The hardest thing was to stay calm during the first four thousand meters.”
About the last 100 meters…
“I think that was kinda a scary moment.” I kept looking at Molly wondering what should we do, should we go.”
About her coach…
“It feels awesome to do this for him.  He has been a coach for 50 years.”
About the new team…
“Having to put together the team he has and him and his wifes sacrifices, I am so ohave run this for him.”
About winning…
“In 2008 it was just my goal to get there. When I got here it was my goal to just to get into the finals. The hardest challenge the day of is your head and not talking yourself out of it.”
 
“I think the greatest part about us is we are all kids from the East coast.”
 
 
Molly Huddle, 2nd place, finals

About being on the team…
“I am very relieved to be on the team. I knew it would come down to the last two laps.”
On her kick…
“I tried to use my kick which is my strong point and I am fortunate enough to make the team.”
On injuries…
“In a meet last year I tweaked my plantar.”
“In the fall it took some down time and I finally got rid of it.”
On the last mile…
“I knew it would be a fast last mile and whoever broke away I wanted to go with them.”
On how her plantar injury will affect training leading up to London…
“It’s not bothered me, I haven’t missed training because of it. I’ve altered my shoes, but I won’t have to take any time off.”

Kim Conley, 3rd place Final
Post-race reflection…
“This is beyond a dream come true. Four years ago, I was watching the Olympic Trials on TV thinking ‘Wow, it would be cool to run here,’ and four years later I’m an Olympian. I still can’t believe it.”
Sports psychology technique she uses…
“The biggest technique I used was thought stopping, which is blocking out negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones, and it definitely worked today.”


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Men's 5000 Meter

Galen Rupp, 1st place, final, Broke Steve Prefontaine's meet record

On making team USA…
“I’m on cloud nine. We have two great guys, incredible finishers. I was just trying to get in there and I’m just happy I was able to hang on.”
On how he won…
“A win is a win whether you do it from the front or the kick in the home stretch. In London I’m going to have to beat people in the last 100. Bernard Lagat is one of the best closers of all time. I’m happy with the way I’m progressing, but you don’t win medals by not closing in the last 100.”
On breaking Prefontaine’s record…
“Just to be mentioned in the same breat as Pre is a huge compliment, but I was thinking about making the team first and foremost.”
On Hayward field…
“Just to be a part of history here and finish it off at Hayward, my home track is phenomenal. The crowd is amazing.”

Bernard Lagat, 2nd place, Final
“First of all making the team was the most important thing. “I have been looking for something I don’t have, an Olympic Gold medal.”
About the last 25 meters…
“At that point with 100 meters to go all I could think was I have to push harder.”
 
About Galen…
“I knew that at any moment he was going to pass me. It was unbelievable about him running a 10K in the rain. I knew I was going to get strong competition from Galen and Lopez.”
About his training…
“My training is about 90% and I was ablee to do this.  I am going to make sure it is at 100% by London.”
About his family…
“Hearing go daddy, go daddy from my kids and even a crowd cheering go daddy was amazing.”

Lopez Lomong, 3rd place, Final
Post-race reflections:
“Well, I was third, It was a good race, and it was a little heart-breaking to not make the 1500…
“This is the second team I’ve made with Bernard, and it’s so nice for him to come back to the Olympics, and I feel so blessed to be his teammate again.”
Why the 5K?
“I’m always pushing and challenging myself to see what I do. There’s more challenges to come, and I’m prepared to wear the U.S. on my chest and bring it down.”
 
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