2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Athlete Profile: Amanda Kimbers
June 24, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - With a slew of current and former Hoya athletes competing at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in track & field at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., www.GUHoyas.com will be profiling a number of athletes throughout the 10-day event. Today's profile is on rising senior and two-time All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh).
On her first experience at Olympic Trials ... At first it was a bit overwhelming, but I had to remember that I'm here running too so I can't get too overwhelmed. It was an awesome experience. I've learned more than I've learned all season in the last couple of days here at Trials. I've learned so much about track and just being an athlete that I don't think I would have ever learned at any other meet - not even NCAAs - it's just a whole other level of competition. It's awesome to see people who are so passionate about track. It's amazing to see all of these people who love the sport come together on one stage and do amazing things.
On the environment at Hayward Field ...
Last time I was in Oregon (2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships), it was the same - people here love track. I would be walking down the street and people would tell me "Good luck!" without even knowing who I am. The atmosphere is so alive with people cheering and it didn't even matter what school you went to or what you were running or how fast you were going, people just love it and get so excited and that really helped a lot. It's like we're superstars!
On feeding off the enthusiasm in the crowd ... In most cases, I do, but I would say this time was different. In most places like Penn Relays or BIG EAST Indoors where I am a bit more comfortable and used to the environment, I really feed off of it. But I had so many things going on this week and it was such a grand stage with the best athletes in the country, so I was just trying to tune everything out and focus solely on the race.
On dealing with distractions leading up to the race ... I appreciate the experience - I know it has made me stronger. It just shows me that whatever distraction I may have before I race, I just have to get in the zone and tune it out or else I am not going to run well. At the end of the day, it just has to be between me and the track and it can't involve anyone else out there.
On her new school record (11.25) performance last week that qualified her for the Olympic Trials ... I was definitely surprised - I've been working on the 200 and 400 pretty much all season. With the 100, I was just really relaxed with it. I just went out there and raced and I didn't want to lose, even though it's not really my main event anymore. The girl who finished second had a better start than I did - I don't really work on starts that much - but I just worked on staying relaxed. At first I thought I ran pretty slow because I felt so relaxed but it turned out that the relaxation made me run much faster because I wasn't straining, I was just running. I was pleasantly surprised with the time. The time wasn't as shocking later because I have never been so sore following a race. My mind may not have realized I ran that fast at first, but my body definitely knew and was sure to tell me following the race.
On whether or not her recent success in the 100m will impact what she runs her senior year on the Hilltop ... Whatever is best for the team is what I will do. If we need a runner in the 100, I will do it. If it's better for me to focus on 100 and 200 so I can help with the 4x400, I will do that. If the team needs me to just focus on the 400, I will do that. I want what's best for the team and to be the best in whatever we do. Now, if that means I have to run an 800 - I guess I better start practicing!
On her most memorable moment from the Olympic Trials ... When I was on the line and they were doing introductions and I looked up and I just saw my face on the jumbotron and thought, "Oh my gosh, this is real! This isn't fake anymore and everyone can see me and I hope my hair is okay because it's pouring!" ... But in all honesty, that was the moment that made everything real. Because even in warm-ups, I didn't feel it but when the sweats were off and I was in my uniform and they announced "Amanda Kimbers, Georgetown," I looked up and saw my face bigger than I've ever seen it before - and in that moment, I knew it was real and that was a very memorable moment.
Declarations for each event are open for up to 48 hours prior to the start time and will be considered and released on a rolling basis throughout the trials. Full coverage of current and former Georgetown student-athletes at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be available daily on www.GUHoyas.com.