Athlete Quotes - Women's 400m Final
Sanya Richards, Olympic Qualifier, First Place
"I feel great. I've been thinking about Beijing all year, but I knew this was going to be the most important step to get there. I tried to contain all the nerves and the anxiety and execute a perfect race and I almost did."
"It was so windy on the backstretch today and I knew that was going to play a factor in the time, but I kept telling myself that time doesn't matter here. It is all about finishing in the top three. I went out a little bit slower than I would like to in a major event, but I had to do that because of the wind so my time was good but not great."
"Last time I was here, I can't forget, I was fourth. The other ladies ran excellent. Wineberg squeezed me out for that fourth spot so I definitely had that in my mind. I wanted to win here today and go into Beijing as the heavy favorite."
"I love these. Nike said these would help me through the wind. These are going to be an addition to our Olympic uniform, so I guess all the ladies will want to wear it now, but I was the first."
"I felt really good. I got out really, really fast and then just tried to stay relaxed down the backstretch and then I worked the curve and came in strong. I am feeling like all my hard work is paying off and I definitely felt like the strongest today."
"It was the hardest thing ever. I remember after the fourth place I did not go to sleep the entire night and I had the 200 the next day. It was a really, really rough time for me, but I am very fortunate to have great family. My fiancÚ was there to talk me through it and tell me everything is going to be okay. I have a great dad and a great mom. They just kept telling me everything in time and I feel like now is my time."
"(My fiancÚ) just told me to go out and execute. He has already got his Super Bowl championship and he really wants me to get this Olympic gold so he told me just stay relaxed, stay calm and execute and I will be headed to Beijing."
Mary Wineberg, Olympic Qualifier, Second Place
"It feels amazing. I am 28 years old and this is my first Olympics, but hopefully not my last. I am so happy and blessed to be here. It's been a long four years of trying to make myself known and I am just so happy to do what I did today. The Lord allowed me to get this far and this is truly a blessing."
"I just try and improve every race. I am going to try and medal at the Olympic games."
Dee Dee Trotter, Olympic Qualifier, Third Place
"The race was smooth and fast. I can't wait to watch the replay. This was the hardest part. Our trials are so stressful. This is such a relief to make the team. Now I'm really looking forward to going to Beijing and getting a medal or even two with the 4x400-meter relay team. I love this track, because it's so fast. It didn't feel like the usual 400 meters."