Time to put preparation to the test
With a short time to get their last-minute training in, our U.S. hopefuls are pumped and ready to head out to Oregon for what may be the most important week of their lives. Which up until this point have been filled with hard work, intense training and high hopes of becoming a champion for the United States. When asked about their hopes, goals and motivations, our athletes had this to say:
Janay DeLoach – Long Jump
“There is nothing like knowing you are doing well so the fact that it is a Trials year is a bonus. It’s a promise of success … well more like a dream of success. I want this so bad and I am doing everything in my power to get there. To be ranked second in the world is a lot of pressure but it’s a good pressure. It’s just saying that I should do well. There are no guarantees; not even for the top ranked person in the world, but it’s exciting to know that I am a force to be reckoned with and I am going to do everything in my power to stay where I am — if not improve. I am so thankful that OtterBox is helping me achieve my goals. Every chance I get, I tell people what OtterBox is doing because in all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to do what I am doing without them.”
For more details and updates from Janay, follow her on Twitter or on her personal website.
Brian Trainor – Discus
“I am excited to be able to compete at an elite level. It’s so rare to be able to compete against your peers on a national or world level. I have taken a few years off in the last 10 years and have really missed the feeling of intense competition.
I’m very happy to have OtterBox supporting me this year. It’s great to feel like we have someone other than our families and our coach that cares about what we are doing. When you’re training and you feel accountable to a sponsor it helps you to push harder on the days when you just do not want to workout again.”
For more details and updates from Brian, follow him on Twitter or on his personal website.
Andrew Loftin – Hammer Throw
“I am excited about this season because it is the year of the Games. It is the year we are given a chance to represent the United States at one of the highest levels as an athlete. My major motivation is my desire and dream of making the U.S. Team. It’s the ultimate athletic goal I have had over the past four years of training; to be on the U.S. Team and compete in the Games. My wife and family, my friends and my faith in God have been crucial over the past four years to get me to this point. Without this support, I wouldn’t have made it this far. “
For more details and updates from Andrew, follow him on Twitter or on his personal website.
You can follow the athletes progress and updates by following #otteranthem on Twitter. You can also find some Otters in Track Town at the Trials!