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Trevell Quinley: Leaping for the Top in 2008

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Trevell Quinley: Leaping for the Top in 2008

Trevell Quinley

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Trevell Quinley stunned many observers by not only making the 2008 U.S. Olympic team but winning the Trials with a personal best leap of 8.36 meters (27 feet, 5.25 inches). But he managed just 7.87 (25 feet, 9.84 inches) at the Olympics and failed to qualify for the final.

Never tell me the odds:

Dwight Phillips, Brad Johnson and Miguel Pate were favored to make the 2008 U.S. Olympic team, with Quinley picked for no better than fourth place. After winning the competition he said he used those projections as motivation.

One devil in, one out:

Phillips, the 2004 Olympic gold medalist, inspired Quinley to attend Arizona State, has trained with Quinley and influenced Quinley’s jumping style. Quinley returned the favor by helping to keep his fellow Sun Devil off of the 2008 U.S. team. Phillips finished fourth at 8.20 meters, .02 meters behind Pate.

Career highlights:

Quinley’s resume was thinner than many members of the 2008 U.S. team, due in part to injuries he incurred in the year before the Trials, including a pulled groin muscle and a hernia. But Quinley did win U.S. Indoor Championships in 2007-08 and was third in the 2007 U.S. Outdoors. Quinley was a two-time All-American at Arizona State.

The stats:

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 200
  • Age: 25
  • Birth date: January 16, 1983
  • Hometown: Tracy, California
  • World Championships: None

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