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“We’ve completely bought into what’s doing best for the team, and that’s why we’ve kind of watered down a little bit because it’s a more consistent routine,” Valdez said.

Said Spring: “I trained crazy start values, but the injuries got the best of me. Even a year ago, we had our sights set a lot higher because we knew the Chinese would be stepping up their start values.”

Spring’s parents and his girlfriend will watch him at National Indoor Stadium. He described the days after trails as “just chaos - it was awesome.”

“Going into trials, I was told by a few people in the sport that I wasn’t really in the mix,” he said. “I went in with really no expectations, and I was just going to compete. Making the team threw my life upside down. … It’s all going to set in when I’m done with the whole thing.”