We have a few quotes from the USA vs. The World press conference.
Q: What are your thoughts on this year’s Penn Relays?
A: Shelley Ann Fraser: Every year I come to the Penn Relays it gets different and a lot more exciting. I look forward to the good competition.
Q for Sanya Richards-Ross: Sanya, can you tell us about your limp?
A: I kind of tweaked my quad today at practice a bit, but hopefully I should be able to go tomorrow.
Q for Kerron Clement: Tell us a little about the 4×400 coming up.
A: I’m just excited and I love to run the Penn Relays and hoping I do well.
Q for Darvis “Doc” Patton: What are you looking forward to here at the Relays?
A: Beating Jamaica; that’s what it’s all about. This is my 10th tear at the Relays. We’ve won nine out of 10, and I’ve already been talking smack to Mike.
Q for Frater: Will you be running with Usain? And what do you anticipate with the crowd when they see him come out?
A: No. I’ll be running with a different team. It should be awesome when he (Usain) comes out. He hasn’t run in a while so it should be interesting.
Q for Jamaican team: How does all the attention that Usain Bolt receives make you feel?
A: Shelley Ann Fraser: He has done so much for the sport that you have to respect that.
Darvis Patton, answering the question of Usain Bolt’s popularity: He’s an amazing athlete. I actually think we’re just privileged to run against him. He brings so much attention to the sport. It’s sold out. Yeah, they’re here to see Usain Bolt, but they’re going to see us too. He’s not running by himself. The more notoriety he can bring to the sport, the more notoriety for us.
Sanya Richardson-Ross talking about what her experience at the Penn Relays: This is my seventh year competing, including my years in college. I’m definitely looking forward to the competition.
Q for Sanya Richardson: Given that you’re from Jamaica, and you were born there and lived there the first 12 years of your life, how does it feel to compete against them?
A: I am from Jamaica and I’ll always be Jamaican. I take a lot of pride in what the Jamaican athletes are doing, and what Usain has done for our sport. But I run for the US team and I’m an American. I feel so blessed to have the best of both worlds and two homes.
Q for Allyson Felix: Do you see yourself running the 400 meter at the 2012 Olympics?
A: I’m not really sure. I’m using this year to kind of explore. I’m looking to run more 400 meters and then I’ll make a decision after that.
Darvis Patton, speaking about his impact on high school kids who run in the Penn Relays: I was a late bloomer. I remember in high school watching Carl Lewis, Malcolm Johnson and Donovan Bailey. I was in awe, trying to get in this position. That’s why I try to go out of my way to sign autographs because I kind of know what they’re going through.
Q for Michael Frater: How much is Jamaica having two teams here this year, including you and Usain Bolt, revenge for last year when the United States dominated?
A: At the Penn Relays in 2008, we did beat the United States. We want to show them that we did come a long way. If we wanted revenge for 2009 we would have brought one strong team, not two.
Q for athletes: what can we as the media do to help support this sport more in the United States?
A: (Darvis Patton) Focus on the positives, not the negatives. Focus on the younger up-and-coming athletes. We have great talent – young talent. I know you have a job to do but you can focus on the positives.