Athlete Quotes - Men's Javelin Throw Qualifying
Barry Krammes, Flight 1 Winner)
"I just threw a personal best and did my best every by about five meters. I don't even know what is going through my head right now. The emotions are so high."
"I am a teacher back home and I took a semester off so that I could teach my students one thing and that is that dreams are possible. I am so close right now."
Brian Chaput, Flight 1 (Second Place)
On throwing with an injured middle finger on right hand: "There's pain, but there's always pain. Right now I feel more handicapped because I didn't get a clean throw, because my approach was choppy. Hopefully, it will be enough to get me in the finals."
Roald Bradstock, Flight 1 (Seventh Place)
"Basically, I'm short, I'm slow, I'm old. I'm ecstatic with how I threw today. If I make the finals, wow. I wanted to peak for the Trials. A lot of guys, they are beat up when they get here.
"My strategy was to be here. In 1968, I was diagnosed with Spina Bifida and told 'don't' do any sports.' I'm the kind of person; don't tell me I can't do something. My life has been as an artist and an athlete. My goal this year was to be out there. I was on the bubble. I ended up getting in as No. 25 in the field."
"That was a lot of fun today. I was on the edge of my seat to get here. I specially designed the javelins. The outfits, I painted. One is black and white, one is the Olympic colors and one is patriotic, for today, red, white and blue."
"The javelins match the outfit. I use the runway as a fashion runway. It's taking the javelin another step. The colors and shapes interact."
Chris Hill, Flight 2 (Winner)
"The goal was to come out and get auto on the first throw. I feel good and I now I need to hit the A standard in the finals. It's 81.80 and my PR is 81.72, so eight centimeters is all that's holding me back from the Olympics."
Corey White, Flight 2 (Seventh Place)
"The wind wasn't bad. It was sort of a light head wind which isn't really a big deal. It didn't throw me off. The only reason a head wind usually affects me is my approach. It wasn't too big of a deal. I just don't know what it was."
"It is unfortunate. It is too bad. In the ideal situation I was looking to be on the team with [Breaux Greer]. He is an American Gladiator now. I don't know what he does. How often he gets out there to practice and such. I know me. All focus is on track most of the season. I feel like if you don't devote all your time to track that might happen. Plus, he is a little beat up. A few surgeries."
Breaux Greer, Flight 2 (10th Place)
"You can sit here and pull out a bag of excuses. I didn't expect to come out here and break any records. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. I just want to go home and get healthy."
"I'm not one of those guys to give up. It felt like I was skiing on ice out there. It is what it is. My team of 3,000 who are duct taping me together suggested I not be here. I just need more healing time. If you know me, you know I'm not giving up."
"To be honest, I'm actually relieved. I can go home. I don't need to stress for the next month and a half, do everything by the book. I'd be faking it to myself."
Describe your hair: "Chaos."