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Athlete Quotes - Women's Discus Throw Final

Aretha Thurmond, Olympic Qualifier, 1st Place

"It's been an exciting comeback and I am just enjoying motherhood. I think today was just momma-power out there."

"I think the biggest thing for me was getting the rhythm and timing back in the event. I feel that there is a lot more to come."

"Everything happens for a reason and it just kept me motivated. None of this would be possible without family support."

"It felt good, but I thought there was a lot more in there today, so it was kind of a mix of excitement."

"The one thing that I have learned with this group was that it is never over, so I had to keep myself on my toes to respond and stay ready."

"I have been training really hard all year. I knew with this group of women it takes a big throw to win. I feel good to get a season's best today."

"After losing so much all year, you just have to keep plugging and working hard and you will get the reward."

Suzy Powell-Roos, Olympic Qualifier, 2nd Place

"I am obviously very pleased to be back on the Olympic team. I thought I competed well. I still feel like I had a couple more meters left in me. I know for sure my best throw is still ahead of me. I haven't thrown nearly what I am capable of yet, but it is a big honor to be back on the team. I am just thankful."

"I think it is just going to be continuing to refine the technique. I actually figured some things out today. Hopefully we can get a couple meets in this summer as we go into Beijing and kind of fine tune things."

"I never count myself out. Playing for second didn't enter my mind."

"Aretha and I go way back to Pac-10 competition in college. Iron sharpens iron and we have made each other better over the years. She is a fantastic thrower and a fantastic person."

"I'm feeling good. I'm going to Beijing. I knew I had my work cut out for me, and I have been searching for good technique. I am honored to be back on the Olympic Team."

Stephanie Brown Trafton, Olympic Qualifier, 3rd Place

"I'm feeling really good. It's hard to even really think at this minute."

"I have a six week cycle of training and it will be good to go."

"The competition is really awesome. It feels good to be a part of a competition that has stepped up so much. I can't tell you how honored I am to be on the team with these two ladies."

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