Young writes, "No one in the world is better at creating needless controversy and riling up its own athletes and fans than USA Track & Field. Their latest hit: nuking by far its single greatest asset, the Olympic Trials."
Erin Strout writes that she feels like an "extra in the movie 'Groundhog Day' ... The plot never changes. It’s always a great mystery why track and field isn’t more popular. But given this continuous loop, it shouldn’t be such a head scratcher."
Track and field will remain stagnant if we continue to hide in a tiny Oregon bubble where we feel comfortable, nobody asks any questions, and we can so easily delude ourselves into believing it represents a broader fan base. It doesn’t. Eugene is an anomaly, built by the Nike neighbors up the street.
Merritt thinks Keni Harrison should be on the US team after breaking the WR, but we have a few reasons why we disagree.
The difference between 3rd and 4th can be the difference in achieving a lifetime's dream and tens of thousands of dollars. Hear how some of the USA's most prominent 4th placers handled it.
She said that was her only goal coming into the race and she'd like to get out of the first heat at the Trials.
“That was pretty much my only goal in my mind going into this race. I wasn’t too concerned with place. I knew even if I died with 100 (meters) to go, it was better to go and try to get everything out of myself and die than to be picking it up down the last straight and not quite be able to do it so I just decided last lap and go."
“We have to be top three that day, that day only or we don’t go. We’re stuck with it and we’ll make the most of it. ... In our American system you have to peak twice, a month before the Games (at Trials) and again at the Games. That’s very difficult."
A rabbit will pace the race at the OT standard of 4:09.50.
Even though she had Olympic selection locked up, she still made sure to beat Sonia Samuels by 8-seconds saying, "It would have been lovely if we had gone 'let's cross the line hand in hand'. But no, you still want the bragging rights."
He also talked about GB's qualification system and wishes they would be like the US Trials where it's "first three past the post".
Stewart: "If you’re the Olympic 5000m and 10,000m champion and run 3:28 for the 1500m, why on earth do you want to run a marathon? You’ve got to be out of your mind.”