Athlete Quotes - Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final
Anthony Famiglietti, Olympic Qualifier, Winner
"Running is a brotherhood. We're all in it for the same reason. It's easy for me to sit here and think I'm the greatest thing. I grew a beard, do things different, stay honest to myself. I don't want to get caught up in my vanity."
"In 2004 (Olympics), I felt very lonely. The Olympics is not what is used to be. It doesn't have the power. People are getting caught up in winning the gold medal, the silver medal, the bronze medal, the endorsements. It's too commercial. People are losing sight of what the Olympics is about."
"I got out and ran aggressively like I always do. Whether that meant finishing dead last with dead legs or finishing first with dead legs. Luckily, it was first. You have to forget if you're going to die, because you know you're going to run the first mile in 4:20. When there were two laps left I still had more left in the tank. I know Josh McAdams is a strong runner and that he would try to kick near the end. That's why I went out fast, to try to take the kick out of some of the younger guys. I'm very happy to be representing the best of the United States."
William Nelson, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"It was great. It was my dream and I made it! The final played out exactly the way I wanted it to. Famiglietti took it out hard just like he always does and I just wanted to keep up with him, because I knew that would get me the "A" standard and the top three. When I finished I wasn't sure if I had made it and then I saw it on the screen and it really sunk in. Getting to the Olympic Trials was a big thing. Qualifying was good and making the finals was even better. My goal going into the race was to get the "A" standard and get a nice PR."
Joshua McAdams, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"We knew Anthony [Famiglietti] was going to take it from the gun like he did in the prelims. That is the way he races. You run within yourself. That was the plan was just to sit back and work your way up slowly. Don't go out too hard. First with the head and then with the heart. That is what I had to do. Run within myself and then, those last two or three laps, just let go. That is what I did."
"When Billy [William Nelson] passed me I thought the chase pack was coming. That's when I was like you have to go with Billy if you are going to be there. You have to stay in the top three past that finish line from now on. With 1,000 left, you just have to stay in third and that is just the whole idea."