Karen Rosen | July 5, 2016
No one could blame Molly Huddle for not celebrating as she crossed the finish line Saturday to win the women’s 10,000-meter at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track and Field.
All she did was smile slightly.
“I was just relieved,” said Huddle, who led wire-to-wire. “I didn’t want disasters to happen. I just wanted it to be a smooth run, no trips, no falls, no nothing.”
That included no nipping at the tape.
Last year, Huddle was poised to take the bronze medal at the world championships in Beijing, but celebrated too soon. She let up, raising her arms in the air, and teammate Emily Infeld, who was right on her heels, surged past to cross the finish line first. Huddle’s shocked expression was one of the images of the world championships.