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Press Conference Quotes - U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Marathon


Amy Cragg, women’s first place finisher

“We’ve got two incredible teams going to Rio. I’m really excited to go out there and represent. Four years ago, it was pretty heartbreaking finishing fourth. I’ve worked really, really hard for the last four years to move up one position. I’m just really excited to get out there and represent the United States in Rio.”


Desiree Linden, women’s second place finisher

“That was the toughest marathon ever. It felt like so much longer. It was an absolute grind out there. it was a mental battle. I’ve always trusted Kim Hanson’s plan. You just let them go and trust and stay and it will work out fine. Just stay tough and I it kept working out. I’m super happy to be on another team because you can’t take these things for granted at all.”


Galen Rupp, men’s first place finisher

“This is a tremendous honor. To be able to represent your country in an Olympic Games, I am thrilled that I was able to cross the line first. It was definitely difficult out there. We are all competitors, and it was a tough race, given all the conditions. I was really happy, and I would just like to say congratulations to Meb and Jared. You guy ran great, and I think we’ve got a great team going into Rio.


On the double

“I didn’t want to get ahead of myself, and everything leading up to this was all about the marathon. I think that the double, with the way the schedule is, is a real possibility. The 10,000 still might be my better event. I don’t know. This is kind of an interesting build-up because I definitely want to come back and try to run World Indoors in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. We had to do the marathon stuff. I had to do enough speedwork to enable me to be able to come back after this and to continue to sprint I didn’t want to start from scratch with that. I think that the double in Rio is certainly possible. There’s a lot of time between the 10K and the marathon. The 10K is the shorter event. If the marathon were first, it would pretty much be impossible to double like that.


Meb Keflezighi, men’s second place finisher

“I feel blessed to be able to do this. I think the race was tough for everybody. I had a few issues going on at about 15 miles, (I had) cramps and I didn’t know if I was going to make the team. But I think at about 14-15 miles, I just got there and was like ‘Make the Team. Make the team,’ and you know like Galen Rupp, and Jared (Ward), Amy (Cragg), Desi (Linden) and Shalane (Flanagan). It’s going to be fun. A lot of people would like to be in that position.


Jared Ward, men’s third place finisher

“Wow. What an opportunity. My heart goes out to all the competitors in the race. It’s been a dream of mine to compete at the Olympic Trials and to be blessed to finish in the top three and have a chance to represent the country with other runners that I’ve looked up to and admired to for years is really an opportunity. And given the quality of the field and the guys that we were racing against, these other guys that were close, they’re friends. So my heart goes out to them. But grateful for all the support that we’ve been given to this opportunity. None of us do this on our own. We have parents and siblings and coaches and friends and so many people, family, wife and kids that make it possible to appreciate all the support we’re given.”


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