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2016 US Olympic Trials athletes reflect on memories.
Sharing what they felt that day, what’s happened since and where they are now.
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2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s Shot Put – 18.94m (62′ 1.75″) 4th Connect with Tia @tiabrooksonline Instagram Tia Brooks In Her Words “Life Is Not Measured By the Number of Breaths We Take, But By the Moments That Take Our Breath Away” In that moment I was vulnerable.In that moment for the FIRST time I […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 5,000m – 15:06.14 2nd Place Connect with Shelby @shelbo800 Instagram Shelby HoulihanNike Bowerman Track Club In Her Words (listen to Shelby’s full audio below) ==== “When I look at this photo, I see pure joy and excitement. Even look at it now, it’s making me smile. And I think leading […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase – 9:28.72 4th Place Connect with Shalaya @shalayakipp Instagram Shalaya KippOiselle In Her Words (listen to Shalaya’s full audio below) ==== “All right. So honestly, when I saw this photo, I shut my computer and I left the room. That was my initial reaction. I guess it was […]
Scott FaubleHoka One One NAZ Elite In His Words I was trying to be cool and concise and think of a single word that encapsulates this photo, but I can’t. It was one of the most complex moments in my life. I’d trained for months, every day convincing myself that I had a shot at […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 5,000M – 13:38.36 6th Place Connect with Ryan @ryanhillncstate Instagram Ryan HillNike Bowerman Track Club In His Words (listen to Ryan’s full audio below) “I’m 26 years old in this picture and in actually the prime of my athletic career. But I’ve also probably just had one of my biggest […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 100 M 22nd, 10.16 Men’s 200 M 4th, 20.09 Connect with Noah @nojo18 Instagram Noah Lyles Adidas In his Words (listen to Noah’s full audio below) ” So I believe this picture was taken at the Olympic trials, and I want to say it was right after the […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 1,500m – 4:06.94 5th Place 2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 5,000m – 15:06.14 2nd Place Connect with Shelby @shelbo800 Instagram Morgan Uceny Adidas In Her Words (listen to Morgan’s full audio below) ==== “When I look at this photo, I see pure joy and excitement. Even look at it now, […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 10,000M – 31:41.62 1st Place Women’s 5,000M – 15:05.01 1st Place Connect with Molly Instagram @mollyhuddle Molly HuddleSaucony In Her Words I don’t quite remember if that was after the 10,000m or 5,000m. I remember being relieved after the 10k, my main focus, and happy and excited after the 5k because […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 800M – 1:49.25 26th Place Connect with Mike @Mike_Rutt Instagram @Mike_Rutt Twitter Mike RuttHoka One One NJNYTC In His Words (listen to Matt’s full audio below) “This photo was right after the first round of the eight hundred at the ’16 trials for me..I dunno you can kind of see […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 10,000m – 28:56.14 7th Place Connect with Marty @marty10khehir Instagram Marty HehirReebok In His Words (listen to Marty’s full audio below) “When I see that photo, I think of how wild of a ride my whole experience at the Olympic trials was, particularly in the lead up to it. […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 10,000M – 31:54.77 3rd Place Connect with Marielle @mariellehalll Instagram Marielle HallNike Bowerman Track Club In Her Words (listen to Marielle full response below) “OK. Looking at this photo. I just feel proud. I just I think with everything going on, we’ve all just had a lot of time and […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s Javelin – 60.84m (199′ 7″) 1st Connect with Maggie @maggietheaggie Instagram Maggie MaloneUS Javelin Project In Her Words (listen to Maggie’s full audio below) ==== Ok, looking at this photo, um, it honestly makes me laugh. There are so many emotions I feel looking at this and it feels like […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s Pole Vault – 4.70m (15′ 5″) 3rd Place Connect with Lexi @LexiWeeks On Twitter @alexiss_anne On Instagram Lexi JacobusArkansas Vault Club In Her Words (listen below in Lexi’s own words) “My name is Lexi Jacobus, and I am sharing my thoughts about this picture that I am looking at […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase – 9:59.03 14th Place Connect with Leah @leah_falland Instagram Leah FallandOn Running In Her Words (listen to Leah’s full audio below) Hey, David, thanks for doing this. This is a really cool project. I think one of the biggest things that stood out to me after the trials […]
Kim ConleyNew Balance In Her Words When I look at my image from that moment I remember an intense sense of relief and happiness that I was returning to the Olympic stage. The year leading up to that day had been trying. I missed the 2015 track season due to an injury. That fall, when […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 400m Hurdles – 48.92 5th Place Connect with Johnny @dutchfilmaker Instagram Johnny DutchUnattached In His Words (listen to Johnny’s full audio below) In 1996, I remember watching the Olympics in Atlanta. It was so amazing to me. I told myself, I’m going to do that one day, I’m going […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 10,000 – 31:46.09 2nd Place Women’s 5,000 – 15:13:87 4th Place Connect with Emily @emilyinfeld Instagram Emily InfeldNike Bowerman Track Club In Her Words (listen to Emily’s full audio below) ==== Hey, David, I’m sorry that this has taken me a while to get back to you, but I am […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase – 8:30.50 9th Place Connect with Dan @danielhuling Instagram @danielhuling Twitter Dan HulingNike Bowerman Track Club In His Words (listen to Dan’s full audio below) This looks like the picture of someone that knows he’s never gonna be an Olympian. I look a little confused, like, […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 3,000M Steeplechase – 9:21.29 3rd Place Connect with Colleen @steeple_squigs Instagram Colleen QuigleyNike Bowerman Track Club In Her Words (play full video above) Wow. This photo really brings me back. Just looking at it makes me smile. I look so happy and I was so happy. This is a moment […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 800m – 1:44.76 1st Place Connect with Clayton @claytonmurphy Instagram Clayton MurphyNike In His Words (listen to Clayton’s full audio below) “2016 for me, I mean, was just an incredible year all the way from my indoor season, all the way through my collegiate outdoor season, into the Olympic […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Men’s 10,000m – 28:47.24 5th Place Connect with Chris @cderrickrun Instagram Chris DerrickNike Bowerman Track Club In His Words “This image always makes me think about how you have to control what you can control and not worry about what you can’t control. And in some sense, that applies to […]
Boris BerianNew Balance In His Words It’s very hard describing all the emotions I had after the race and becoming an Olympian. It’s the goal of every athlete. Out of everything, I think the top two feelings were relief and disbelief. Relief because the amount of work I put in had payed off. Exhausting workouts, good and […]
2016 Olympic Trials Results Women’s 1,500m – 4:06.19 4th Place Connect with Amanda @amandaeccleston1500 Instagram Amanda EcclestonBrooks Beasts In Her Words (listen to Amanda’s full audio below) ==== “Looking at this photo I’m first struck at how happy and kind of relaxed I look considering my finishing place. I think someone must’ve just asked me […]
Allie OstranderBrooks Beasts In Her Words Going into the Olympic Trials, I had a severe case of imposter syndrome. I was only 19, and I had never completed in a US Championships before. On top of that, I had suffered a stress fracture in early March which compromised my trials build up. I remember standing […]
THE ARTIST’S OWN WORDS A David Bracetty Project
“I think it’s really easy to judge a lot of these athletes from the outside. From Instagram you think you know them. They’ll share a lot of X’s and O’s, weekly mileage, etc. But I think what a lot of what track and field is missing is digging deeper into how this sport has changed people’s lives and what sacrifices people are making behind the scenes to chase this Olympic dream.
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