Athlete Quotes - Women's High Jump Final
Chaunte Howard, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"I feel very excited. I did exactly what I needed to do. I have to say I'm happy, even though it wasn't a personal best. I feel stronger and faster. The year off wasn't hard, but getting my body back in shape was. My family and coaches continue to support me and that helped me during the Trials."
"The Olympic Trials are a lot more difficult than the Olympics. This is the first year I've really had to rely on the people around me to encourage me, because I kept wanting to quit. I started training eight weeks after I had her. The hardest part was getting my body back in shape. One day it all started to click again and it has all gone well from there. I think it was around USA Indoors."
Amy Acuff, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"This was probably the most stressful just because this is probably my last Olympics. I just am so happy and relieved. Now I can relax and focus on the Olympics which is always less stressful than the Olympic Trials. Olympic Trials there is really nothing to gain, only something to lose. I am really looking forward to the Olympics."
"I don't know if I will make it to 2012. I am going to put all my eggs in this basket."
"My experience will have to be when I get there because right now just the mandate of having to finish in the top three that is all I have been thinking about. I can't think past that at all so that is just a huge relief right now. As soon as I knew I was on the team I just lost my mind and then lost my composure for jumping. Just get in the top three, that is all."
Sharon Day, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place "I was hoping she would miss it on that final attempt so that I could make the team.
"It is a very big weight off your back to come into the trials with the 'A' standard."
"I was definitely crying a little bit. I was sitting next to a friend of mine and was like, please hold my hand on Deirdre's (Mullen) last jump."
On how it feels to make your first Olympic Team?: "It feels amazing. It's kind of like a dream. I knew all the other great competitors were out there working hard. I had to keep that in the back of my mind and try to get that third spot."