Must-Watch Athlete Interviews From the Olympic Trials

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After their Olympic Trials performances, several athletes shared their elation and heartbreak following the most anticipated championship of their careers. Watch the best track athletes in the United States react after competing on the biggest stage. 


Bernard Lagat After Winning 5K Following 10K DNF
Just a few days after dropping out of the Olympic Trials 10K, 41-year-old Lagat threw down a 52-second final lap to claim the 5K title and make his fifth Olympic team. After his 5K performance Lagat told FloTrack the performance "ranks among the toughest and the most rewarding" of his career, and that he didn't remember the last time he ran a 400m that fast. 

Jenny Simpson After Being Top Three in U.S. 10 Years in a Row
After winning yet another U.S. title in the 1500m, Simpson spoke with FloTrack about her ability to stay consistent and ready for every championship. 
"It doesn't belong to you until you cross the finish line," Simpson said while describing the grind of the Trials process. 

After crossing the finish line first, Simpson immediately rushed over to fellow New Balance athlete Brenda Martinez to congratulate her on finishing third after six races at the meet. Simpson told FloTrack she tends to focus on herself when it comes to racing. But in the Trials final, she was thinking about two athletes before and after the race--training partner Sarah Sutherland and Martinez. 

"As soon as I was over the line, I was thinking about those two women [Sutherland and Martinez]," she said. 

Brenda Martinez After Making Olympic Team in 1500m
Martinez was the victim of a tragic crash in the 800m final, but she picked herself back up and fought her way onto Team USA by finishing third in the 1500m. She ran six races in 10 days to make it happen. 

"It didn't matter what I looked like, all that mattered is that I crossed the line and gave it my best," Martinez recalled of her mindset in the final 100 meters that earned her a podium finish. 

Leah O'Connor Talks Exclusively With FloTrack After Tearing Her Plantar Plate
After setting a personal best at Prefontaine Classic, O'Connor developed a partial tear in her plantar plate. She managed the injury until the Olympic Trials with the mentality of "I'm going to run and try until my body physically can't hold up."

Unfortunately, on the second-to-last water jump of the steeplechase final, O'Connor ruptured her plantar and ended with a 14th-place finish. Despite the setback, O'Connor was able to pull some positive takeaways from the experience. 

"This has been the hardest month and a half of my life… but I'm grateful because I've learned how tough I can be," O'Connor said. 

Leo Manzano After Close Fourth in 1500m Final
Since 2007, Manzano made every international team with the exception of Sunday's Trials final. He finished a close fourth to Ben Blankenship, which later resulted in a protest from Manzano's camp. Manzano's team-making streak might be broken, but the Olympic silver medalist remains optimistic for the future. 

Evan Jager After Winning Fifth-Straight Steeplechase Title
The Bowerman Track Club mainstay took a few minutes to share his elation and his respect for his teammates Andy Bayer and Dan Huling, who missed making the Olympic team heading to Rio. 

Alysia Montano Processes the 800m Crash
Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong for Montano in the women's 800m final. The seven-time national champion was the victim of an unfortunate crash with 120 meters to go in the race that ended Montano's hopes for redemption on the Olympic stage, where she finished fourth in 2012. 

After the race, Montano took some time to share her optimistic perspective on the future. 

Andy Bayer After Tough Fourth-Place Finish in Steeplechase Final
After a furious final 200m of the steeplechase final, which involved Bayer losing his momentum on the water jump and finishing fourth overall, he spoke to FloTrack about those final moments and his perspective moving forward. 

"85 percent of the people here are heartbroken, but I'll be all right," Bayer said. 

Noah and Josephus Lyles After Noah Broke High School Record 
After his brother Noah finished fourth in the 200m final to Olympic champions Justin Gatlin and LaShawn Merritt, and third-place finisher Ameer Webb, Josephus shared his excitement for his older brother. 

"My heart skipped a beat," Josephus said after his brother's performance. 

Noah's time of 20.09 broke the high school outdoor record and the American junior record.

Human, Or Super Saiyan? Grant Holloway Keeps The World Wondering

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By Zach Dirlam

Area code 757, tattooed on Holloway’s left wrist, services the southeastern-most portions of Virginia, covering the Virginia Peninsula, Eastern Shore and Hampton Roads.

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The Big 12 is one of the most well-rounded conferences in the NCAA, with solid sprint matchups, distance races, and even a potential high jump collegiate record battle set to go down in Ames, Iowa, this weekend at Iowa State's 300-meter track. Read on for a rundown of the top events to watch.

14 Athletes Set To Represent Canada At 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships

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Feb. 14 release courtesy of Athletics Canada:

House Of Run Podcast: Coleman, Nelvis, Brazier Show Out

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On this week's episode of the House of Run Jason and Kevin discuss Christian Coleman's world record, Sharika Nelvis's American record, the doubles by Shelby Houlihan and Paul Chelimo and all the other action from the 2018 US Indoor Championships.

Star-Studded 3K, 60mH Tiebraker Headline 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships

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Powerhouse teams from the Pac-12 and West Coast Conferences come together this weekend to compete at the 2018 MPSF Indoor Track and Field Championships, which you can catch LIVE on FloTrack.

Teahna Daniels Set To Extend Texas Sprints' Legacy At Big 12s

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Texas sprinter Teahna Daniels wasted no time in becoming the fastest woman in Big 12 history. Less than two months into her NCAA career, back in 2016, Daniels won the 60m NCAA crown in 7.11 — the fastest ever by a freshman and then the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. She hadn’t even won a Big 12 title yet, but it was clear that the Longhorn freshman would soon dominate the conference.

The Best Races From The 2017 Big 12 Indoor Championships

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This weekend Ames, Iowa, will play host to the 2018 Big 12 Championship. Like 2017, FloTrack will have live coverage of the meet as teams chase a conference championship and qualifying marks to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. 

On The Run: NCAA Mile Champion Josh Kerr | Ep. 75

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NCAA mile and 1500m champion Josh Kerr of New Mexico joins Jojo and Kevin to discuss his approach to this weekend’s Mountain West Conference Championships, how his life has changed since he finished second at the Millrose Games, beating Edward Cheserek in the mile, following the collegiate scene growing up in Scotland, and choosing to attend New Mexico before he even visited the school. 

Cas Loxsom On Depression And The Realities Of Chasing The Running Dream

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We caught up with Cas Loxsom at this past weekend's USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque after the American indoor record holder dropped out of his race. 

Josh Kerr, Ednah Kurgat Highlight Mountain West Championships

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Some of the nation’s top distance runners will be action during the distance medley relay at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Ednah Kurgat, Allie Ostrander, Dillon Maggard, and Josh Kerr are all expected to play pivotal roles in their team’s chances on Thursday night. Outside of the distance medley relay, the four are expected to be in action throughout the three day meet which you can watch live on FloTrack.