August 06, 2012
DAY 9 HIGHLIGHTS – 2012 LONDON OLYMPICS
WEB | HIGH | CART
NBC Primetime Show
Sunday, August 5, 2012
TRACK & FIELD
Men’s 100 Meters
Ato Boldon on Jamaica’s Usain Bolt winning the gold medal: “You can be assured that everyone on the 4,240 square miles of Jamaica are jumping up and down as they duplicate their Beijing feat of having the fastest woman (Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce) and the fastest man in the world.”
Lewis Johnson interviewing Bolt: “Usain, you told me before these Games that you wanted to be a legend. Is this the final result that you had to have here?”
Usain Bolt “Yeah, it’s all about winning. I was so focused and just going out there and winning and showing all the people that was talking all kinds of stuff that I’m still the best, I’m always going to be the best. I’m always going to be number one no matter what.”
Women’s 400 Meters
Ato Boldon on Sanya Richards-Ross winning the gold medal in the 400m: “What a difference four years makes. In Beijing, too aggressive in the first half, she paid the price coming up the home straightaway. This year she took her time.”
Mary Carillo feature on South African Oscar Pistorius, the 400-meter runner, who became the first double amputee to compete in an Olympics
Mary Carillo: “The director of the Biomechatronics group at M.I.T., professor Hugh Herr, submits a simpler answer for Oscar’s success. Like Jordan, like Gretzky, like Phelps, Oscar Pistorius is one of one.”
MICHAEL PHELPS: AMERICA’S GOLDEN CHAMPION
Bob Costas: “And now, you can kind of exhale. In the months that followed [Beijing] I remember you hosted Saturday Night Live, you were on the cover of every magazine, did you say to yourself ‘I don’t need to do this anymore, I just need to enjoy myself?’”
Michael Phelps: “There were so many times when I did say that to myself, but I knew deep down that there were still so many things that I wanted to accomplish. I think the biggest thing that I didn’t want was to have a ‘what if’. I never wanted to have a ‘what if’. What if I had gone four more years, what if I had worked harder in this or would’ve done that? And deep down inside I knew I still wasn’t done.”
Bob Costas: “Did Lochte in some way affect you?”
Michael Phelps: “Oh, sure. He was the one beating every time in the big races. It’s just frustrating. I hate to lose more than anybody and it just got to me after a while. And I said, ‘If I’m going to do this, I’m going to do this the right way.’”
Bob Costas: “The Olympic trials you do fine, but the notion coming out of there, basically this (Phelps) is the greatest swimmer of all time, but the question is who is the greatest swimmer right now? And the implication was: maybe it’s Lochte. Ok, so your first event is the 400 IM. You failed to medal for first time since you 15 years old in Sydney. What’s going through your head?”
Michael Phelps: “I was so frustrated. I remember walking behind the diving towers and just screaming. I didn’t set myself right in the morning and barely squeaked into the finals. I had to get over that and I had to try to move forward. And after everything happened that night I was either going to tank the rest of the Olympics or I was going to move forward. And there was nothing I could do about the results at that point, so the only thing I could do is put that behind me and get ready for the 400 free relay.”
Bob Costas: “Despite your mom’s urgings, despite the skepticism of others saying ‘No he’ll pick one or two events, maybe a sprint here or there’, you are certain that as we sit here this is it, the book is closed?”
Michael Phelps: “This is it. This (holds up gold medal) was the last medal I will ever swim for. This is the last one I won and I will not swim for any more gold medals in my career. This is it. Finishes it up tonight.”
Tim Daggett on McKayla Maroney, who fell on her landing (The Olympic gold medal went to Romania’s Sandra Izbasa): “Absolutely shocking. She’s unquestionably the best in the world, but she wasn’t today, so Izbasa earns a gold medal. We use the term unbelievable a lot, sometimes I overuse it, but I’ll tell you this truly is unbelievable.”
NBC DAYTIME SHOW
Men’s Singles Gold Medal Final
John McEnroe interview with Andy Murray after his gold medal victory.
John McEnroe: “Andy, you gotta feel like you can fly right about now, that was an amazing experience.”
Andy Murray: “Yeah it was. The atmosphere was unbelievable I didn’t feel that nervous, strangely. I mean I spoke to Ivan Lendl after the Wimbledon final and he said to me, ‘You’ll never play under more pressure than you did at the Wimbledon final so you’ll be able to deal with those situations better now’, and I did, I felt much more comfortable on the court and yeah it was amazing.”
John McEnroe: “How much did the crowd help you? I mean they were just going crazy and it had to pump you up big time.”
Andy Murray: “They helped me get a few more miles an hour on a couple of serves that’s for sure. The adrenaline was pumping. Went for some big serves, got them. To be fair the whole week they have been amazing and hopefully they stick around for the mixed.”
John McEnroe: Did you think in your wildest dreams that you would go out and at Center Court in Wimbledon and thrash the great Roger Federer? I mean come on.”
Andy Murray: “No, no. I was expecting it to be an incredibly tough match. Every time I play him especially in the big matches, he’s played so well and made it so difficult for me. At the start of the match he was playing very well but once I got through that first set and held at 2-0 in the second, I felt much better. But no way did I expect to a score like that in the final.”
John McEnroe: "Your movement was amazing; maybe this means mixed doubles in the future in a major?"
Andy Murray: "Possibly, I came out with a couple of good reflex volleys, not as good as you at the net that's for sure. But I was definitely moving better and the mixed probably helped that."
CNBC DAYTIME SHOW
Teddy Atlas on the first women’s boxing matches in Olympics history
“They made history. It wasn’t exactly beautiful art, but it was history.”
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