Athlete Quotes - Men's Pole Vault Final
Derek Miles, Olympics Qualifier, 1st Place
"Unfortunately, I think it was going to be one of those deals where you never know what you are going to get. Fortunately I got lucky for most of my jumps. I got a calm little wind. I don't know if it was just living right or what. It kind of worked out great."
"First outdoor U.S. title. First indoor was in 2003 so it is finally good to get an outdoor one under the belt."
"I was thinking about that on the way here. This was way less stressful than 2004. I am sure it is just because I am 35 now and this is my last real reasonable shot to make an Olympic team. To make that team this year, with the pressure of saying this is your absolute last chance, I think was great."
"You just have to take two poles out there and at the last minute pick a pole you think will be right for the conditions. You have to be competitive and have the right equipment in your hands."
"This year was much more stressful than previous years. At 35, I knew this was probably my last chance to make an Olympic team. There was way more pressure for me this year."
Jeff Hartwig, Olympic Qualifier, 2nd Place
"I came in here today thinking how am I going to come in here and take care of my business and pay attention to what everyone else is doing. You just never know. I think the conditions played to my favor. They were exceptionally good on Friday during the qualification. Today they were really tricky. Almost every time down the runway the wind was blowing a different direction. I ended up making 18 feet my starting height on my third attempt, but then after that everything clicked right in and went smooth from there. You just learn to play the game better in every situation. I can't even describe what it's like."
"I think the experience definitely plays a big factor in there because it is so hard to come into a situation like an Olympic trial where you are thinking about trying to make everything on the first attempt so you don't want to make any bad decisions."
"I feel fortunate to be in this position and still be going strong enough to make another team."
"It's a new day and now my focus will be on doing my best in Beijing."
Brad Walker, Olympic Qualifier, 3rd Place
"That fiberglass catches wind pretty bad and it turns your body sideways and it puts you in a position where you can't leave the ground sometimes so I actually ran throw a couple of those because I couldn't line it up. I didn't have enough time to square back up."
"It happens, but I mean you try not to do that at the Olympic Trials. I am really confident in bad conditions. I am really confident jumping in bad conditions like rain and wind. Helsinki was wet. Osaki had some swirly winds and stuff like that. Sometimes you get the luck of the draw."
"Hayward is the closest thing I have to a home track. I have been here quite a bit in the past few years. The Prefontaine Classic this year was one of my most emotional meets ever. This track is phenomenal, and it feels good when the crowd knows you more and they give you so much support."