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Paralympic Splash Quotes: Friday, August 31, 2012

by Allison Frederick | Aug 31, 2012
Paralympic Splash Quotes: Friday, August 31, 2012
Ron Harvey, ASM1x

“(My finish) was okay. A couple of guys got out early on me and it was hard to get them back. I didn’t get there, but it was good to get the first race out of the way. Hopefully I will do better tomorrow. I can’t blame the (windy) training conditions as I went out early yesterday (morning).”

“It would be incredible (to win a medal here). After many years of hard training, it would be nice be rewarded for that. I’m hoping for the best.”

On this being his last Paralympics: “I haven’t decided yet. I’ll try to get through this one first.”

On lining up next to Great Britain’s Tom Aggar: “Unfortunately, it was typical. He takes a little while to get moving, but once he does, he just barrels through. I looked over at one point and saw he had a pretty big lead on the field. I wanted to see how I could do against Korea and Brazil. I think I moved back on them for a little bit and then they had a hell of a move in the last 250 (meters). They’re going to be tough to beat in racing tomorrow, and the guys in this next heat are going to tough to beat tomorrow, so I’m just hoping for a good race.”

“It’s a beautiful facility. The crowd’s awesome. It’s quite a roar coming through there. That was nice. We’re getting come decent weather. We’ve had a rough couple of days, but (the conditions) were good for today.”

Oksana Masters, TA2x

“I think we had a good race. China did a great job and it was a close race between us, China and Italy. We’ve got to be faster and stronger tomorrow (in the repechage). I knew (China) were going to be the ones to beat, the ones to watch out for. Our focus was, in the first 500, to make sure we were in line with everybody else.”

Rob Jones, TA2x

“We got second to the Chinese, which wasn’t what we were hoping for. But to put a positive spin on it, we set a personal record and beat the old world best time before the two teams that did that did so today. China and France will go to the final, everybody else will race tomorrow for the four spots left”

“The venue itself is really nice. I could do with a little less wind, but we can’t do anything about that. I am trying to treat this like any other race, really.”

On his training routine leading up to the Games: “We train six days a week, five of those we train twice (per day) and then on Saturday, we train once and take a day off each week. Practice lasts between an hour and two hours, with varying levels of intensity. Usually, we do our most intense days in the middle of the week, and then at the end of the week, we bring the intensity down.”

“I did the rowing machine before I was wounded (in Afghanistan) and I remember it being very hard. I’m the type of person that likes to challenge myself and do the hardest thing possible. Being challenged and overcoming challenges is what makes you grow as a person.”

“The most challenging part about this whole (Paralympic) journey so far has been approaching every single practice with the same intensity. Even six months out, seven months out, you have to realize that the training that you do back then is going to come full circle when you get to race day. Everybody on race day is going to have the will to win, but you actually have to have the will to win when it doesn’t really seem to matter. That’s the hardest part.”

Alex Stein, coxswain LTA4+

“We’re feeling really excited right now. We went out there and this is the first real test of our speed against the international competition. Obviously, GB is a favorite, so to be able to stick with them and hold contact all the way through is really exciting, and seeing our speed relative to Canada and France, who were great competitors of ours last year (at the world championships), is nice.”

On the focus of the crew during racing: “Togetherness and rhythm. We know that if we’re going to go down the line, we’ve got to do it together. They really implemented today, all through the warm-up, really swinging together nicely and were very responsive throughout the race.”

Emma Preuschl, three-seat LTA4+

“Going through the repechage can only make us more prepared for the A final. We get another chance to come together – one mind, one team. I expected (my second Paralympics) to be a faster field, and it was good, because that’s what happened.”
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