Jeneba Tarmoh didn’t think it was right that she had to earn her spot again in the 100 meters for the Olympics.
So a day after conceding the spot to training partner Allyson Felix, Tarmoh was at peace with her choice not to participate in a runoff to break a third-place tie, even if some are second-guessing her decision and can’t understand why she would walk away from a moment so big and so important.
“If standing up for what I believe in and not running because I believe I earned that spot, because I believe the emotional roller coaster they put me through was too much to go through at the moment
– if that’s what makes you a quitter then I guess the definition of a quitter is misconstrued nowadays,” Tarmoh told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday.
She said the response to her decision has been more favorable than anything. After leaving the U.S. track trials on Monday, a flight attendant even asked for her autograph at the airport and her seat companions wanted to know all about her story.
“That makes me feel confident,” said Tarmoh, a standout at Texas A&M before turning pro last year. “But I do believe there are people out there that I can never convince why I made the decision I made. That’s not my job. It’s not to convince you to understand my position. I’m thinking what’s in my heart.”
Tarmoh is still going to the Olympics as a member of the 400-meter relay pool, USATF announced Tuesday.
VOLLEYBALL: Danielle Scott-Arruda has been included on the 12-player roster for the U.S. women’s team, making her the squad’s first five-time Olympian.
The roster was submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee for approval.
Scott-Arruda, 39, is the first U.S. volleyball player, male or female, to make five Olympic teams.
Other repeat Olympians named to the squad include setter Lindsey Berg, outside hitter Logan Tom and opposite Tayyiba Haneef-Park. Newcomers include opposite Destinee Hooker and outside hitter Jordan Larson.
The U.S. women’s team is ranked No. 1 in the world going into the Olympics.
WINTER GAMES: The USOC will not bid for the 2022 Winter Games, but will instead explore the possibility of playing host to either the 2024 Summer or 2026 Winter Olympics.
In a meeting Tuesday, the USOC board decided to form a committee that would look into 2024 and 2026, in part because going for the 2022 Games would put the federation on a fast timeline. A bid for those games would be due in the fall of 2013.
“It’s not so much about bidding for 2022 as what strategy gives us the best chance to submit a winning bid,” CEO Scott Blackmun said.
“Looking at 2024 and 2026 gives us the best chance to do that. It allows us to form partnerships with all the people who need to be involved in a bid. That would allow us to put our best foot forward.”
Earlier this year, the USOC removed a major roadblock for another bid when it resolved a long-simmering feud over revenue sharing with the International Olympic Committee.
Blackmun said he would be surprised if the USOC didn’t bid for either 2024 or 2026.