Several athletes who will be participating in the USA vs. The World races on Saturday stopped by Franklin Field on Friday to talk to the media. Here are some excerpts:
Sanya Richards: “Last year [the Penn Relays] helped inspire me for the entire season and this year I’m looking for the same kind of feeling… The rivalry with Jamaica is fresh. Its definitely going to be electric tomorrow.”
Lauryn Williams:“I’m putting past races behind me and focusing on the future. Not going to dwell on things that could’ve gone wrong or why, or who was at fault.”
On how long its taken to get the Olympic relay mess off her mind: “What all made it really go away was after my dad died [October 26]. There’s something in my life that’s way more important than what other people think.”
Allyson Felix:On the USA/Jamaica rivalry: “I’m really excited like everyone else. The rivalry makes it more exciting and motivating. The crowds here are amazing and it makes it a really great place to run.
Terrence Trammell: “Its my first time back [at Penn] since 2004… I love competition. I really love the energetic and rowdy crowds. I really tend to thrive off of the energy. I’m very excited. You’ll definitely get your entertainment values worth.”
LeShawn Merritt: “I still don’t believe I’ve run the perfect race. I’m still young and there’s still room to learn and improve… I still look back to last year, but just to better myself for this year.”
Walter Dix: “I don’t train to get the bronze. When I get home and see that I have two medals instead of one, I can appreciate it.”
Shelly-Ann Fraser, Jamaica: On doing well at Penn: “It’s important to maintain our dominance. We just want to continue to do exactly what we did in Beijing.”
If you aren’t going to be at Franklin Field on Saturday, tune into ESPN2 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Eastern for live coverage of the USA vs The World races from the Penn Relays.