Olympian Galen Rupp Chats About Winning the Silver Medal [AUDIO]
Olympic track and field star Galen Rupp called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” on Monday to talk about winning the silver medal in the 10,000m, reveals what he said to gold medal winner Mo Farah during the race, and tells us what he plans to do now that the Olympics are over.
On The Race:
“I was really hurting with 6 laps to go on that race. I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to stay up with the lead group. I wasn’t really thinking about finishing, I was just thinking about hanging on at that point, but the crowd here was so amazing, the stadium, the energy that was in there was unlike anything I’ve ever seen…just them going crazy for Mo [Farah]. I tried to kind of channel that and think that they were cheering for me and with 2 laps to go I just got a huge surge of energy and kind of a jolt. At that point I was like: ‘Okay, I can do this.’ And you just need to get back to focusing on what you need to do, holding your form, and doing the little things. I just tried to stay up there and then with 200 meters to go I really tried to make a move and was able to kick home in to silver.” Galen’s post race celebration? “We had big rib-eye steaks as soon as I got done and french fries. We definitely got some belated celebrating in.”
During the race Galen rolled up next to Great Britain’s Mo Farah and was communicating with him. So, what was he saying? “We had talked a little beforehand about getting to the front with 800 meters to go and then trying to make a really hard push with somewhere between 600 and 400 meters to go in the race. I knew that was going to be the best position for myself…to give myself a shot to do something really special again. So, I tried to just get up there with him. You never know what can happen. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out I as would have liked, but it just goes to show you how hard a double is and what an amazing feat Mo accomplished.”
On Mo Farah:
“It’s always nice to have a familiar face when you’re in a race and we just do so much together between training and the just hanging out. We are at training camp for maybe 5 or 6 months out of the year. We spend a lot of time together. It’s always great having a teammate in there, we try to work together as much as we can to help each other out.”
What’s Next For Galen?
“We still got a few more races this summer. I’m probably going to run in Birmingham, and then run a really fast 5K in Zurich in about 2 or 3 weeks time. So, we’re still not going crazy yet, but right now everything is still kind of focused on that and really finishing the season with a bang. After that I am just looking forward to hanging out with my friends, my wife especially, just being at home and enjoying some and enjoying some Duck football, and I went to the University of Oregon…so I’m a huge Oregon fan, they got a great team this year,” Galen tells us.