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Live Quotes Day 6 (Friday, June 29) - U.S. Olympic Team Trials

6/29/2012
 


Men's 200 Meter

Wallace Spearmon Jr., 1st Place- Heat 1

On the race…
“It was a good run. We ran faster than I wanted to. I didn’t want to run that hard in the first round, but you have to do what you can to make the team.”
“I just want to go out and do the thing I planned, which is make the team.”

Darvis Patton, 1st Place- Heat 4
On the race…
“I advanced, it felt real good, but it was nice and easy.”
On going fast this round…
“I wanted to go fast because I wanted to get a preferred lane for the semi’s.”
On injuries…
“I came through injury free, after the 100’s and through this round.”
On Walter Dix, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin scratching…
“Those are America’s best right there. It leaves the door open for anyone in the field right now, not just me.”

Prezel Hardy, First Place, Men’s 200 Heat 2
On how he felt…
“I felt great the weather was actually pretty great too.”
On how his body is feeling..
“One thing you can’t deny is that at this part of the season is that your body is tired. But everyone wants to go to the Olympics so you’ve got to push through.”
On what gives him difficulty…
“My nerves for sure are something I have to learn to shake, for a person like me. I am one of the youngest. I get star struck by some of the great athletes here like Allyson Felix and some others but I have to get over it and do what they do and win.”

Maurice Mitchell, 2nd place, Heat 4
On how he felt during the race…
“I felt a little shaky, I got top two though so I feel good. I just thank God that I finished and ran healthy.”
On how he feels being here…
 “I have been preparing all year and I am happy to be here this weekend.”
“It has been a long season but my coach has prepared me for this.”

Manteo Mitchell, 2nd Place,  Heat 5
On his approach…
“I just wanted to come back out here after running the 400.”
On his feeling of moving forward…
“I think I can make the final and then make the top three, but we will see.”

Jeremy Dodson, 2nd Place, Heat 1
On competing…
“It’s nerve-wracking to get that first race over with and shake everything out…After that first round, now I feel ready to go.”
On Hayward field…
“I love this venue and all the fans. I don’t think there is a better place for the trials.”

Calesio Newman, 1st Place, Heat 3
On his race…
“I feel good. I just wanted to get through the first round smart and take the next step.”
On preparing for the semifinals…
“I just need to keep my mind focused and just run.”
On Hayward field…
“ I love it out here, track and the atmosphere. I’m not a stranger…I love to be here.”
 
Isiah Young, 1st Place, Heat 5
On his race…
“It felt great. I just executed my race an it was easy. I wante to go out, try to win and come back tomorrow.”
On preparing for the trials…
“I had a lot of big meets which built up my confidence for the trials.”
 
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Heptathlon

Abbie Stechschulte, currently 7th
 
On her day…
“Good, really good. A lot of solid performances. Overall, a good day so I am happy.”
About finishing with a PR…
“Absolutely, it’s encouraging. I don’t start until late tomorrow so I get to sleep in.”

Sharon Day, currently 2nd
On her day…
“Pretty good, just slightly lower in some events than I would like.”
On having the A standard…
“For me it’s all about competing and making sure I am in one of those top three spots. It’s nice to know I have the A standard out of the way.”

Chantae McMillan, 3rd
On how she approaches her events…
“I have just been trusting in everything I have and working hard.”
On shotput…
“My first throw I had to be more aggressive and then the second one I just lost it and the third throw I lost even more. I happy I got atleast one good one.”
On her approach tomorrow…
“I am just gonna go out there and get a good mark, get a good javelin throw and run my heart out in the 800m.”
On how she feels…
“I feel fresh and healthy.”
“Things happen and everything happens for a reason.”

Hyleas Fountain, 1st Place
On moving on to the semifinals…
“Today went pretty good. I did a few bad things but with the heptathalon that’s how it goes. I’m excited for day two. As long as I get through this and make it to the games I’ll be good.”
On competing…
“I’m happy to be competing for me now. I’m focusing on me and what I need to do.”
On her goals for the Olympics…
“I definitely want to get up on the podium. I’ve been there before and I know what it takes to get there.”
 

 
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Women's Javelin

Haley Crouser, 7th place, heat 1 (high school senior)

On her place…
“I think I am seventh right now. Hopefully I can hang on for the next round.”
The experience…
“It’s amazing, watching my brother the other day. Today, I was hoping for a little more. I was hoping for a little more. I have no excuses. I guess it wasn’t a good day.”
On fatigue…
“No so much fatigue, this summer is going to be busy. I threw the national record in my first meet and I haven’t gotten close since.”
On what she wanted to accomplish…
“I wanted a PR, training’s been going really well. I don’t really know what’s been going on.”

Kara Patterson, First Place, Javelin Heat 1
On how she feels…
“I felt good, really good. Technically I wanted it a little better. I have been working on relaxing in practice.”
On her evening…
“I had an emotional night with boyfriend, so today I just tried to forget it, which I did a couple hours before the race, and place.”
On how practice is going…
“I had the practice of my life last week, it’s going really great. That was a seasons best Friday too so I feel good going into the finals.”

 
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Women's 200  

Bianca Knight, Third Place, Heat 1

On how she was feeling during the run…
“I didn’t see (Tianna) Madison on the outside but she got me out. Either way I am satisfied.”
On how she’s feeling…
“I’m feeling good today but I have to get ready for a come back tomorrow.”
On making the Olympic team…
“It is going to be tough, very tough, but definitely not impossible.”

Kimberlyn Duncan, 2nd place, Heat 2
“I still feel like I got a lot left.”
About making it into the finals…
“It’s just a huge honor.  It was just one of my goals.”

Sanya Richards-Ross, 1st place, Heat 2
How she felt physically…
“I felt really good. My body felt really good. Yesterday I was little tight and today I felt fresh.”
On her time…
“I was pleased to see that time. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll go even faster and put together another great race to win it.”
 

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Women's 400 Hurdles 
 
Turquoise Thompson, 4th place, Heat 2
On the race…
“I got out with my left leg, but it wasn’t good. Had a little stutter step to it.”
On her rhythm…
“My rhythm was there, I was just a little shook up I guess.”
On getting to the final…
“That’s all I asked for was to get to the third round.”

T’Erea Brown, 2nd place, Heat 2
On the race…
“It was very comfortable, I’ve got to work on my curve a little more, but I finished strong.
 
On what she needs to do at the final…
“Just do what I’ve been doing all year. You’ve got to be confident at this level.”
 
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Men's 400 Hurdles


Bershawn Jackson, 1st Place

On his race…
“I felt great. I was a bit sluggish, but I wanted to have a stong kick coming home. I’m one step closer to my dream.”
On preparing for his next races…
“Stay positive, stay humble and then bring the gold home…I’m going to give it all you got. Tomorrow I’m going to give it 100% and if I don’t make the team, I’ll be satisfied.”

Angelo Taylor, 1st place Heat 2
On his approach…
“I went out there and executed my play just like I wanted to. I qualified.”
“It is more experience nothing really changed though. I am more prepared than I was in previous years.”
“In past championships I would be fit but having a good technicality was where I was not prepared. I would get through because I was faster than the other guys but now I’m not only fast but I am technical too.”

Kerron Clement, 2nd, Heat 1
Health…
“I’m excited to be competing again.  I had surgery in February.”
“I’m a fighter.  I’m a warrior.  I love competition.”


 
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Women's 1500 Meter

Morgan Uceny, 1st place, Heat 1

On the race…
“Same deal, I felt really good yesterday so we went into today with the same mindset.”
On running from behind…
“Last year I got used to running from behind.”
 On her mindset for the final…
“It’s hard to say. We’ll just have to see. I’ll do what my coach tells me to do.”

Gabriele Anderson, 3rd place, heat 2
On the race…
“A little bit of contact there that I panicked a little bit.”
On the final…
“Hopefully a smarter race on Sunday.”
On the nature of the race…
“Those races get ugly because everyone’s bunched up. You’d rather get a clean run.”
On her finish…
“I’ve been working on moving to the front sooner before the last one-hundred.”

Jenny Simpson, 2nd, Heat 1
About her race…
“I was excited about just getting in the race.”
“I was just stuck on Morgan. She’s a smooth runner.”
About the final…
“I’m absolutely ready for anything.”
About being world champion…
“I just feel like I get a bigger cheer at the start but other than that nothing.”
“Every time I hear the National Anthem I try to block it out because it has a whole new meaning once you are on the podium.”
About her and Uceny…
“One of the great things about us is we are both at our peak but we earned our stripes along the way.”

Shannon Rowbury, 2nd place
On Her Race…
“The second race is always nerve-wracking. You have to make sure you get to tthat final. I felt like I had another gear if I wanted it.”
“Mostly I tried not to get kicked around around. It’s about knowing what’s coming, looking ahead and preparing for it.”
On preparing for the trials…
“I feel like I’ve touched on everything and am as prepared as I could be.”

Jordan Hasay, 13th, Heat 2
“It’s a learning experience for me.”
“I’m really happy with what I learned through training.”
About not making it to the finals…
“It sucks.  I hate misrepresenting Oregon at Hayward.  It’s embarrassing for lack of a better word.” 

 
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Men's 110 Meter Hurdles

Jeffrey Porter, 2nd place, heat 1

On the race…
“I think the race went ok. The hard part is over, now we have some fun out there. You’ve got to have fun out there.”
 
On what he’ll do before the next race…
“A lot of rest, a lot of ice baths, and talk to my coach.”

Aries Merritt, 1st Place, Heat 1
On his race…
“I felt fine. I just kept everything the same. There were some nerves involved and I just have to stay focused.”

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Men's 1500 Meter


Andrew Wheating, 2nd Place, Heat 1

On his feeling on the race…
“Semi-finals! I am so freaking stressed! I was nervous as anything.”
On the race…
“Everyone swooped past me in the last half lap, and then I was like I need to make moves.”
On what he plans to do ‘till the next race…
“I have one and a half days of rest now and then I think I will be right where I need to be to finish strong.”

William Leer, 1st place, heat 1
On running from the front…
“Absolutely not, it’s not my plan. I was ready to go, when the move was made I was ready to go. It’s really really hard to run on your own.”
On the race…
“It was good, successful day, definitely happy with the outcome.”

On the final…
“It’ll make an exciting final having to get the A standard. Back to back races makes it even harder.”
 
Matthew Centrowitz
On his race…
“It was good. The competition was good. I just came to qualify and give myself a good position.”
 
 
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Women's 3000 Meter Steeplechase

Emma Coburn, first place, finals

On winning…
“I’ve had this goal since last year. This was a goal that I was hungry to receive. It’ll be great to run in London with these girls.”
On being from a small town…
“Everyone back at home, we’re like a family there, they’re all so proud of me. Nothing really is going to change. Lose or draw they always support me.”
On turning pro…
“It’s a discussion I’ve had many times. We made the decision to redshirt this past season to prepare. I feel obligated to fulfill my eligibility and stay at Colorado.”

Bridget Franek, 2nd, Final
About going to London…
“I don’t think it has fully sunk in yet that I am going to London on the U.S. Olympic team.”
About her race…
“I gave more on this race then on any other race.”
“I definitely sensed at different points in the race that there were people behind me.  I was just praying people were as tired as I was.”
About her family…
“Pretty much all my success has come from my support system.  My success I’m throwing back at them.  It’s their success too.”


Shayla Kipp, 3rd place, finals
 “To watch Emma and Bridget go to World’s and I wanted to go with them.”
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it or not.  I have summer school starting in a week.”
About not redshirting…
“NCAA was a step I needed to take.  I needed to get used to the pressure.”
About starting without the A standard…
“When I saw Emma cross at 9:32 I think it was, I thought I am going to get it.”

Lisa Aguilera, 5th, final
On how to improve…
“I think consistency and making running more of a lifestyle will help.”
On how much more she has in the tank…
“I was debating with Leslie to extend the streak by four  years, make it fifteen years. Definitely one more year.”
 
Ashley Higginson, fourth place, finals
On life after the trials…
“I look forward to other events like the 1500. The steeple is definitely a great starting point, I have a loyalty to it.”
On sharing this experience…
“It was very touching to be at such an amazing event with great people.”


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Women's Shot Put

Jillian Williams, First Place, Final
On how she feels…
“I am so happy I made it through. I did it and I am so excited to get to go out to London.”
“Last year I injured a joint in my hand and occasionally it’ll still slip but it is always a little tough on the first throw. But I can acclimate for the next five throws pretty well.”
“Today was not a good example of my technicality.”
“In 2006 is when it was a bit of and off season and is when I went from gliding to spinning. Now I just need to calm down and get ready for London.”

Michelle Carter, 2nd Place, Final
On her throws…
“It was pretty rough. It started slow. Unfortunately I was out of sector. But now I need to focus on my team and going forward to London.”
On her training…
“I’ve been working a lot on technique. Lately, I’ve been pulling left, so I need to really go look back and fix it before London.”
On advice for teammate Tia Brooks…
“Stay focused, stick to what you know and what works for you. Trust yourself and you’ll do well.”


Tia Brooks, 3rd, Final
About her performance today…
“I’m coming off yesterday’s performance.  I was a bit nervous.”
“I’m younger and this is my first Olympic Trials.  Seeing all the glitz and glamour has made me nervous.”
About her transition from college to professional…
“The whole season kinda changed because in college I had to peak at Indoor and Outdoor.”


 
 








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