Stockholm, Sweden – Several of the key competitors in tomorrow’sDN Galan – Samsung Diamond League line-up met with the press this afternoon at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre.
Among those present were Olympic Shot Put champions Valerie Adams (NZL) and Tomasz Majewski (POL), Olympic Long Jump champion Brittney Reese (USA), Olympic Pole Vault champion Jennifer Suhr (USA), Olympic High Jump champion Anna Chicherova, along with Swedish stars Moa Hjelmer, Emma Green-Tregaro and Angelica Bengtsson, the World Junior champion in the Pole Vault.
Below is a partial transcript of some of the highlights….
Jenn Suhr (USA), 2012 Olympic champion Pole Vault
On her London experience –
There is so much training going into it, you don’t really feel anything. You have just one goal, one thing on your mind. So after the win, after it was over, there is just a huge rush of emotions. It was relief, it was excitement, it was pride, it was everything. That’s why I was so emotional. You train for this moment that you dreamed of. It’s not something you ever experience. I can’t even describe the feeling. It’s going to be with me forever.
On why she had a more consistent and successful season in 2012 –
Being healthy is one of them. I had good solid training going into it. Right now technically I’m jumping well and if you can line that up with a meet you’re going to get better results.
On her expectations for the DN Galan –
Each meet I try to treat them the same. I really focus on my opening bar and making that. Then the next bar after that. I really go into a meet from the grassroots and think very simply and try to execute that. And then climb the ladder.
On her expectations for the remainder of the season –
After the Olympics I really considered going home and calling it a season. But I think I want to be in meets and competitions where I can relax and I can enjoy the Pole Vault. And enjoy competing and enjoy the atmosphere, and the crowd. So that’s what I’m really looking forward to for the rest of the season.
Angelica Bengtsson (SWE), World Junior champion in the Pole Vault:
On her experience at the World Junior Championships –
I came to World juniors as a favourite because I won two years ago, and I really enjoyed that.
On her expectations at the DN Galan –
I hope that there will be good conditions. I feel that I am in good shape, just like I did at the Olympics. And I hope to jump high and set a personal record.