11 Minutes With Evan Jager After He Wins Olympic Trials And His 5th Straight USATF Crown
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.