“I ran the Olympics and I won the silver medal, so I can’t celebrate anything other than my silver. Even if they crown me Olympic champion, it is just an award from them I never celebrated. ... It wouldn’t mean anything for me, it would be great for my country but for me as an athlete I cannot entertain the thought. ... There was someone that finished first in the Olympics, whether she doped or not, I came second and that will never change."
Montano said after the 2012 Olympics she "couldn't even look" at Russians Mariya Savinova and Ekaterina Poistogova because she "knew it wasn't right". Now she says, “I want retribution and justice. I want those two with lifetime bans. Anyone within that scope and in that report should get lifetime bans. I want to see my hardware – all of them.”
“It’s something we try to learn. It was not easy for most athletes to accept the position you find yourself in (when upsets show up). This is a race where many new athletes come, you get new challenges, the [Mariya Savinovas], [Caster] Semenyas and what kept me going is there is second and third places to go for. ... I’m trying to teach them you can go to a race and fail to perform as you expect. You need to realize your mistakes to go for the next season."
UK journalist: "Drug abuse in athletics no longer shocks, but claims of a Kremlin-sponsored conspiracy is new low even in this sport."