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Athlete Quotes - Women's 20 km Race Walk Final

Joanne Dow

"I wanted this bad. 14 years and my fourth time here (at an Olympic Trials) and I was ready. It finally happened. I wanted to stay with Teresa through the first 10 kilometers and was able to break away. I'm so glad to be here and have it end like this. My final race will be at the Olympics. I tore my hamstring last year and I didn't know that I would be here. I had a great winter of training and it all worked out. It's going to take some time for this to sink in."

"I really savored the moment. It finally happened. I'm so glad to be here and to finally have it end today like this. One more race -- I'm so glad it's not over. I was not ready to have it be over. I'm 44 -- I think it's time (to retire from competition). I've had 14 great years. I'm ready to have my final race be at the Olympics. I'm going to really try to enjoy and savor the Olympic experience."

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