July 8, 2016
Evan Jager showed he’s still the king of the US steeple ranks as he won the 2016 USATF Olympic Trials in 8:22.48 which was his 5th straight USATF title. (Recap here)
Jager spoke to the LRC and other members of the media for 11 minutes. Full video below.
A few highlights with more coming.
- On what he learned from Beijing: “I made a big step last year with the disappointment I had (in Beijing). I got to a new level of fitness last year, and had a bad race in Beijing. I learned a little about my self and my racing style on the international scene. I had a full off season and full year of training to think about how I’m going to do thinks differently. I hope to execute in Rio and do things a little bit differently and hopefully medal.”
- On the women in the Bowerman Track Club: “All the girls on our team are crushing it and we’ve been tanking confidence from that.”
- On what it means to win 5 straight USATF titles. “It means I’ve been healthy for five years… I don’t think I’ve taken more than 10 days off for any minor injury for the last five years.”
- Jager’s Goals: “I’m still hungry and have goals I want to achieve and that keeps me motivated.” Jager said those goals are an Olympic medal and a sub 8:00 steeple. He says he has rewatched both the Beijing and Paris races from last year and learned from them.
- On the pressure of the Trials: Running with this type of pressure is going to make me a better athlete on the world stage.”
- On what he’s changed since Beijing: The have added “pure speed” workouts to include water and hurdles. Last year they introduced pure speed workouts for the first time but without barriers.