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Tuesday, May 13, 2003
David Krummenacker Teleconference transcript
David Krummenacker's 2003 season got off to a great start with his 800m
win at the USA Indoor Championships in 1 minute, 50.59 seconds. Two
weeks later in Birmingham, England, he won the gold medal in the 800
meters at the World Indoor Championships by running 1:45.69, defeating
world record holder Wilson Kipketer of Denmark. With his dramatic
victory in Birmingham, Krummenacker established himself as one of the
world's best middle distance runners, becoming the first American since
Dave Wottle in the 1972 Olympics to win a major 800-meter title.
Krummenacker ended the 2002 season ranked #3 in the world after a
setting a personal best of 1:43.92 in Brussels, winning his second U.S.
Outdoor title (1:47.24) and posting Grand Prix wins in Paris and Rome.
He also added a new personal best in the 1,500m of 3:31.93 in Stockholm.
Also in 2002 he set a new 1,000m indoor American record of 2:17.86 at
the adidas Boston Indoor Games. With his #1 U.S. ranking in the 800m and
1,500m in 2002, Krummenacker is the first man to be ranked #1 in the
U.S. in both events since Rick Wohlhuter in 1976.
USA Track & Field on Tuesday hosted a national teleconference with
Krummenacker, who will compete in the 800 meters on May 17 at the adidas
Oregon Track Classic, the first event on USATF's 2003 Outdoor Golden
Spike Tour. The adidas Oregon Track Classic will be televised live on
ESPN from 5-6 p.m. Eastern Time. Below are excerpts from the call.
Q: How has your training been going of late?
DAVID KRUMMENACKER: Things have been going very well here in Tucson
(Arizona). I'm happy to say that the weather has been sunny and about 85
degrees just about every day, so I have no complaints on that end. It's
like paradise here. I lived in Atlanta for about eight or nine years
while I was at Georgia Tech and a little bit post-collegiately, but now
that I'm here in Arizona I just can't imagine how I put up with that
heat and humidity, which is just brutal. I'm really fortunate to be
here, I really enjoy it and I have a great group of training guys out
here too, which helps a lot also.
Q: Saturday's meet will be televised live on ESPN, how big of a deal is
that for you and your colleagues to get that kind of exposure?
A: Oh, it's great. Overseas we have televised meets all the time and
really big crowds. The crowd there in Portland last year was really
phenomenal and I think this year will be quite the same thing, and for
it to be on TV and for the fans to see that kind of crowd and to have
that kind of atmosphere is really great for the exposure of track and
Q: Is it true that you will attempt to break the U.S. 1000m record at
Stanford on June 7?
A: I don't know if I'll be going for the record. That record is a
little quick for that time in the season at 2:13.9 and you pretty much
have to pass the 800m in 1:45 flat in order to attempt a record like
that, so I don't know if I'll be ready for that kind of time at that
point in the season. But I'll give it a shot and see how close to the
record I can get. If it happens it happens, but it's not really a
specific goal that I'm really training for.
Q: How important is it to you to have beaten Wilson Kipketer (800m
world record holder) at the World Indoor Championships?
A: I think anytime you have a chance to go into a world championship
event, or any event where the best in the world are assembled and you're
fortunate to come out with a victory, it really is a tremendous feeling
and it gives you a real boost of confidence heading into the next
competition you have. With someone like Kipketer, I went into the end of
the season last year and I realized that he was the only 800m runner
that I hadn't beaten in the world last year. So to cap off my indoor
season with a victory against him, it really felt like good things are
going to be happening to me for this outdoor season.
Q: What is your typical training week like?
A: We have usually about two track sessions per week, or three depending
on whether or not we have a race in that particular week. We'll also
have various intervals depending on what time of the season it is. We
might have 1000m repeats or we have competitions with each other, and it
just depends on what point of the season we're in. Other days we have
either mileage or weights, or we might have some drills or plyometrics.
We usually have one day a week where we're completely off, or we're in
the pool doing some running in the swimming pool in our apartment
complex. It's not like running laps, we have a little belt on and were
actually doing the running motion in the water.
Q: How much are you thinking about the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens?
A: I don't really think about it that much to tell you the truth. I
take the approach that you have to face each day as they come, and this
year is obviously a big year with the World Championships in Paris, so
that right now is the immediate focus. Once the world championships is
done I'll begin to focus on next year, but of course in the back of my
mind there's something that says next year is a huge year. But I'm just
not really focused on it now.
Q: Is doubling at the World Championships a possibility for you?
A: I don't think so. It's possible next year at the Olympics, but I
don't think at World Champs this year it's possible.
Q: How much focus will you put on the 1500 meters this year?
A: I'll be sprinkling some 1500-meter races in here and there. Possibly
at the race in L.A. on June 1 (Home Depot Track & Field Invitational).
I think I'll be running the 1500 at a meet in Gateshead (England) later
this summer that will be an un-paced 1500 meters where El Guerrouj
(Moroccan world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj) is running. I'm really
excited about running that race.
Q: Obviously the 800m is your main focus now, but do you see yourself
switching to the 1500m at some point?
A: I really love both events. It's kind of hard to determine at what
point I'll make the switch to the 1500. It all depends on how training
is going and how the races are going. If there comes a time where
running 3:28 or 3:29 feels really easy to me then it might be a natural
progression for me to move to the 1500, but at the same time if I'm down
to the point where I'm running 1:41 or 1:42 it will be kind of hard to
walk away from the 800.
Q: Could you talk about how much you've improved since you left
A: Any time a collegiate runner leaves college, there's always a little
bit of a period where you're going through transition. Sometimes that
transition period for different athletes lasts a little bit longer. When
I left Georgia Tech once I graduated, I still stayed and worked with the
coaches there, and I felt that I was slowly starting to inch forward a
little bit, but I didn't have any training partners and I guess I fell
into a bit of a lull there for a couple years where I wasn't motivated
enough. After the World Outdoor Championships in the fall of 2001 I just
told myself that it was time for a change to come out here to Arizona
and start training with a new coach and training partners and it was a
tremendous boost. It aided me tremendously last year and I hope it
continues to go forward from there.
Q: How has your outlook changed after winning the world indoor title?
A: I guess it hasn't really changed very much. I've trained constantly
for the last year and a half or so, and my outlook changed a lot last
year when I won my first Golden League meet in Paris. That's when I felt
that I had a breakthrough and I was ready for some really good things to
happen, and I believed they could happen. Going into the world
championships, I had it set in my mind that I wanted to get a medal and
I didn't necessarily have my sights set on gold, but I was elated when
it happened. Heading now into the outdoor season I have to come back to
the basics and train hard, do the right things and eat well and get my
Q: Is beating Kipketer outdoors still a bit of a hurdle, or are you
past worrying about those kinds of things?
A: When I go into races I often times visualize what I might
accomplish, whether it's tactically or looking at the people in the race
and thinking about what position I want to be in. I just look at
Kipketer as just another runner. Obviously he's a phenomenal runner and
I have a lot of admiration and respect for him, but just as any runner,
I feel like on my best day I can beat him.
Q: Do you have any time goals for this year?
A: No times have been set in my mind, but obviously the American
records are out there and they kind of loom in the back, but I just feel
that when those things happen, they'll happen and I'm not chasing times.
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