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Live Quotes Day 7 (Saturday, June 30) - U.S. Olympic Team Trials

6/30/2012
 

Men’s 20,000m race walk
Trevor Barron – first place

“I felt good the first half, but I didn’t feel as strong as I thought I would. I prefer to walk on the roads because 50 laps gets to be a lot. I don’t mind walking on my own because I am used to training by myself. I would love to make race walking more popular. But I need to be faster to do that. My time today is good but not great. I’m excited to be an Olympian, but that is not my ultimate goal. It is a means to greater things for me.”

Team Seaman – second place
“I am more happy about Trevor’s race than I am my own. I knew the ‘A’ (Olympic standard) was close and the ‘B’ was a lock. I got my second mark after 9k and I had to go to 50k pace after that. But that’s how it is with the race walk. My London dream didn’t come to fruition, but it did for Trevor. I had tears in my eyes when I finished and I saw him. It shows that if you support someone they will excel. Trevor will be the second youngest person in the field.”

Nick Christie – third place
“Our plan coming in was to take the top three spots (Barron, Seaman and Christie). My goal was to walk with Jon (Nunn) early. This is fantastic and I didn’t expect it. I was joking around with Trevor early saying that whenever he needs me we can work together. But he was going too fast and I wasn’t able to help him much.”
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Men's 200 Meter

Wallace Spearmon Jr., 1st Place, Heat 1

On the race…
“Today was about controlling the race and winning it. It felt a lot easier than yesterday.”
On the Olympics…
“My main focus is the Olympics and making it through injury free.”
On tomorrows final…
“I should dip in the sub 20’s if there is favorable weather.”

Jeremy Dodson, 2nd place, Heat 1
On his race…
“I was happy to get an automatic spot. It was a little windy, but I was able to get through without hurting myself and that’s all that matters.”
On the competition…
“We’re top in the world and we’re all trying to gain our spot.”
On how he feels physically…
“I’m strong and fit. Beginning of the week I was having some hamstring problems, but I’m good now.”

Maurice Mitchell, 1st place, Heat 2
On the race…
“It was pretty good. I didn’t react really well. I took control and stayed relaxed. I just thank God that I finished it.”
On tomorrow…
“Same thing, execute, get out hard.”

Shawn Crawford, 3rd  Place, Heat 3
On how he is feeling…
“I feel good, I advanced.”
“This opens up a lot of opportunities.”
On what an Olympian means to him…
“When you think of an Olympian you think of someone who has been to three or four Olympic games.”
On looking forward to the next race…
“I hope God comes down tonight and touches my legs.”

 Calesio Newman, 2nd  place,  heat 3
On the race…
“God be the glory. I took the race a little lazy, I didn’t execute too well.”
On the finals…
“Stay the same, just running my race and having fun. Chances are great, it’s unexpected that they are not here competing. I am blessed to be here.”
On his confidence for tomorrow…
“Very confident, one thing about the sport you’ve got to have the confidence.”
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Men's 110 Meter Hurdles

David Oliver, 5th place, finals
On the race…
“I just didn’t get it done. Hats off to those guys who got it done.”

Aries Merritt, 1st Place
On the race…
“I felt like the race was pretty good. I had a great start and I’m a build hurudler, I get faster as I go. I fulfilled my dream today.”
On how the Indoor meet helped him today…
“The Indoor season really helped me learn the seven step approach, which is not easy. I wanted to come out from the indoors and keep it rolling.”
 
On making the team…
“To go out and make the team in my second try of trying to make the team was great.”

Jason Richardson, 2nd place
On how he is feeling…
“Coming out of the semi-finals I realized that I was capable of doing whatever it takes. I decided to battle back and everything it took me to make the team. I am happy to be here.”

Jeffrey Porter, 3rd Place
On his race…
“I had a great race and a great start. The middle of it was a little rough. I wanted this dream more than anything so I dug deep.”
On running in the cold…
“If you can run fast, you can run anywhere and my wife and I are examples of that.”
On his dad as motivation…
“It was his dream, my race, and our victory.”

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 Heptathlon

Hyleas Fountain, 1st place

On her goal…
“My goal was to finish the meet and then go to London and get on the podium there. I’m blessed too be with these women and go to London.”
On the rain…
“It’s great preparation for all of us. It’s good that we were able to jump through this rain, we know we’ve completed through it today so we will be prepared for London.”
On the pressure…
“I didn’t really have any pressure out here. I knew that if I didn’t do anything too crazy, I could go out there and make the team.”
On going to London…
“I feel very strong and confident going to London.”

Sharon Day, 2nd Place
On making team USA…
“I’m just so happy to make my second Olympic team and represent USA…Hopefully I’ll get on that podium.”
On her performance…
“I’m really happy with my overall performance. I already had the A standard, so I just wanted to come in and make the team.”

Chantae McMillian, 3rd Place
On the events…
“I had some PR’s and I gave so much glory to God. I am so grateful.”
“I PRed and 100 hurdles, shot put, javelin, the 200m and the 800m. I just wanted to give it my all.”
“My purpose was that every step was for the lord.”

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Men's Triple Jump

Christian Taylor, 1st place

On jumping today…
“It’s always fun to jump with Will (William Claye). My mentality was too just go out there and have fun.”
On making the team…
“I was really frustrated and disappointed in not making the team in the long jump, but as a believe I just had to jump with faith and know there was a reason. I just bottled up that frustration and disappointment and used it to jump in the triple jump.”
On jumping at Hayward field…
“I feel like they accept me like I’m the hometown favorite. There is so much energy here and I use it as fuel to jump well. It’s a blessing to have the people here be so supportive of me. I’ve said it before, this is my favorite place to jump, just a great atmosphere.”
On the transition from college to being a professional…
“I believe the transition was so easy for me because I’ve studied a lot and I’ve always through ahead to the next level. I was always thinking about what’s to come. Having my family’s support through it all was great. My mind was always too be here, which made it easier.”

Will Claye, 2nd Place
On the event…
“Coming to the triple jump having an A standard was a big relief. I just came out here and did what I have been doing. I am so happy to be going to London.”
On who has helped him get here…
“I thank God, my mom, dad, brother, my sponsor and Nike and my coach. They have all done so much for me. Nike has made a triple jump shoes for me. Coach has been pushing me in practice too. My mom is the most important though. When I am having bad thoughts get in my head, I call her and she gets me on the right track. She is like my psychiatrist.”
On how he got here…
“I think that firstly coach helped us get to the next level, he set us down the right track. He has kept us comfortable. People get to the next level and think that they need to change in order to be there, but our coach didn’t change us too much.”
On his training…
“I decided to come to the training center because coach Fisher took me in and I improved about four feet. Whatever we are doing it is working.”
“I am glad I went back to train with him in January. Everything has been great.”
On London…
“It’s a blessing. The goal going to London is to get two gold medals one in each jump. The last time that happened was in 1904.”

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Women's High Jump

Chaunte Lowe, 1st place

On how she feels…
“I am really excited, I think of this as a checkpoint on my list to come here and make the team. Now this is over and lets go to the next and make a gold.”
On the crowd…
“This crowd has been awesome. I wish I could take them all to London.”
On the weather…
“I am very excited about the weather. If it would have rained more I would have liked it more. It gets us ready for London.”
“I woke up this morning and saw that it was sunny, so right away I went to check the weather and saw that the rain was coming. So I got up here and went in the warm up tent and listened to some music and go ready.”
On her shoes…
“I don’t worry about slipping ever because Nike created a shoe for me that doesn’t slip. So thank you Nike.”

Brigetta Barrett, 2nd place
On her goal for the trials…
“My goal coming in today was getting top three. I let God help me, to do what I did today was just surreal.”
On the attention the high jump got today…
“The attention doesn’t bother me, it’s something I love. Hayward Field is a comfortable place to jump for me. The crowd and all the concentration on the high jump was amazing. The crowd helped me perform and made it really fun.”
On getting the collegiate record highest jump…
“I’ve been obsessed with putting my name in the collegiate record book.”

Amy Acuff, 3rd place
On making team USA…
“I’m just content to play third fiddle with these two. I felt a little rusty, but I’ve had amazing practices. I want to get it going for London, so hopefully that will happen for me.”
On the crowd…
“The focus of the crowd was amazing. I pulled out a third attempt thanks to the crowd.”
On coming out of retirement…
“Deep down I felt like I had unfinished business so I had to come back.”
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Women's 200 Meter

Allyson Felix, 1st place

On her race…
“I was thrilled with my race. I feel like everything came together, I’m just blessed to make the team.”
“I felt like I executed today and ran a great curve, which is something I’ve been working on.”
 On the aggression she felt during this race…
“I guess it was all about fighting to make the team. It’s emotional to try and make the team after putting it all the hours and work on the track. I wanted to leave it all out on the track today.”
On Jeneba Tarmoh…
“I think she’s great. She has a great head on her should and she has amazing form.”

Carmelita Jeter, 2nd place
On making team USA…
“I’m so happy right now. It feels good to come out and execute and make the team…It feels good to be sitting here.”
On staying focused…
“I’ve made every world team I’ve gone out for so I’m good at staying focused so I think I’ll be okay.”

Sanya Richards-Ross, 3rd place
On how she is feeling…
“I am really excited to go to London. It is an honor.”
“I think last season I was coming off with an injury. The difference this year was that I was 100% healthy.  I really wanted to be apart of this team and I am looking forward to London.”                                                    

 




 




 




 
 

 



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