Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic champion, has enjoyed a resurgence of form this season, improving her career best outdoors to 4.93m in mid-April. For this week’s edition of our ‘I love athletics because…’ series, the 36-year-old US star takes time out to explain more about her motivation and passion for vaulting.

“My pole vaulting story was a little different in that I did not come from a gymnastics background and I didn’t start vaulting until I was aged 22. I was a basketball player at college, who just did some track to keep fit. I competed in hurdles, high jump, javelin and on relay teams without being particularly good at any event.

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