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Athlete Quotes - Men's High Jump Final

Jesse Williams, Olympic Qualifier, Winner

"I really couldn't sleep very well last night and woke up at 4 a.m. dreaming about winning the trials at that height. I really don't know how that happened, but it did. I couldn't get back to sleep because all I was thinking about was being clean through 2.30."

"After a couple of guys missed I knew this was why I moved up here and why I was here right now. I have been in a couple of pressure situations in the past and usually I've been pretty good about taking advantage of those situations."

"Today couldn't have gone any better. I'm just thanking God every second right now that I'm here and going to Beijing."

"I love Jesus Christ and he is definitely the reason that I am getting these opportunities right now. It's all because of him and it's not me, it's him."

"I like to perform and the pressure was all gone after I made my height. I got the "W" and that's all I needed to do to go to Beijing. Nobody is probably thinking about me heading into the Olympics, but myself. I don't care about anyone else except myself and that's to get up on that medal stand."

Andra Manson, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place (jump-off)

"Oh man, it was great, I would have really loved to clear that 2.30 bar and solidify myself as a second-place, but I'm just happy to make the team."

"It means a lot to me to make this team because in 2004 I came to the Trials and didn't make the squad."

"It took a lot to come out here and compete today. I just want to thank God for letting me come out here and compete. He watches over me. It was a great meet with a great crowd. Overall, it was a great experience."

"I'm excited because I have a teammate on the team in Trey Hardee and a head coach in Bubba Thornton, so it is great."

Jamie Nieto, Third Place

"I passed on 2.28 and was under the impression that we couldn't go back up after we went back down. It is what it is. I didn't think I had to take another jump."

Dusty Jonas, Olympic Qualifier, Tied for Sixth Place; won jump-off

On thinking he was out of the competition: "I was pretty disappointed. That would have been my lowest jump all year for me. I was glad for that second chance. God had something to say today I think. He gave me a second chance and I took advantage of it."

On refocusing coming back into the competition: "It was one of those things where it was do or die. I don't know what I was thinking really. I am just really lucky. I figured if I didn't, Scott [Sellers] is a great jumper so I better. I better clear this."

On if he was aware of the "A" and "B" standards: "I was aware of that and I didn't know how they were going to handle it. When I figured out they were going to have a jump off, I was pretty excited to be able to get that chance."

On how soon he knew he had another chance: "I knew in my head who the people who had the "A" standard were down the list. I just didn't know how to handle the situation. Scott and myself were asking how this worked and since there was a tie for second, they jumped off those guys and then there was the next "A" standard person to go so we had to jump off for that. I didn't find out almost until the officials did. It is one of those things were you think it might happen so you stay loose and stay warmed up."

On if he thought he was done: "In this meet, there is always some chance if there is not a ridiculous amount of people jumping over high bars. That chance was probably lower than the chance of making the team."

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