Omega’s brand ambassadors in London – Seven great sportsmen and women to pursue their dreams in London
At the Games of the 30th Olympiad in London this year, the eyes of the world will be focused on the some incredibly talented sportsmen and women. Omega is proud to count seven among its ambassadors. Some are already Olympic legends; the others are looking forward to joining their ranks.
London 2012 – On the track. Omega’s athletics ambassadors include one of the fastest sprinters in the world (Tyson Gay), a pole vaulter (Jenn Suhr) who has been redefining her sport and a heptathlete (Jessica Ennis) who will be a favourite not only with the home fans in Britain but with anyone who sees her compete in one of the most challenging Olympic disciplines.
Jenn Suhr is the world’s top-ranked women’s pole vaulter and each year, adds records and medals to her impressive list of accolades.
In the last two years, Jenn has jumped the three highest marks in the world. She has been the number one ranked American pole vaulter since 2006. Jenn has won a total of 10 US National Championships and she holds the American women’s pole vault record both indoors and outdoors. In 2008 she won the U.S. Olympic trials setting an American record of 4,92 meters (16 ft 2 in) and won a silver medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Track & Field News named her American Female Athlete of the Year for 2008.
On February 27, 2011, Jenn won her tenth national title overall with a win at the 2011 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships with another national record clearance of 4,86 meters (15 ft 11 in) for the indoor event. She secured Diamond League victories in London and Zurich - in fact, at the final in Zurich, Jenn defeated four world champions.
It’s clear that she’s ready for the London 2012 Olympic Games - Jenn opened 2012 with an American record of 4,88 meters at an indoor event in Boston - the second-highest vault ever by a woman.
Jenn was asked how the Olympic Games differ from other sporting competitions. She said, «They are very different. The billions of people watching on television around the world and the national pride that comes with representing my country are what make the Olympics different from any other competition.»
Describing what goes through her head prior to a vault, she says, «Before the event starts, your mind has to be in complete concentration because your senses are heightened. Your mind knows what is at stake and your body feels the pressure. It is so important when this happens to retract yourself and put your mind back to a training session. In the pole vault, you need a clear and relaxed mind to execute the technique and demands of the event.»
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