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Fredonia's Jenn Suhr is set to take another shot at Olympic Gold today in London.

Four years ago in Beijing, she took home the silver medal. Much has changed since then.

Back in 2008, she only had four years experience in the sport. Now a full Olympic cycle later, she's got eight years experience and far more success in international competition, including a number one world ranking this past year.

"I think now is a lot more experience. A lot more time on the track and in pole vaulting... there's been some injuries and some setbacks but through that you just work to get better. There has been improvements in my vault, the confidence of it, the technical part, and the experience."

Her level of confidence isn't the only thing that's changed since 2008, she's now married to her coach and now husband Rick Suhr. He shares in the optimism looking toward the London games.

"I think it's changed that she's much more prepared to compete on the international scene. She has the experience to go ahead and possibly win the whole thing."

The Associated press recently predicted the outcome of the women's pole vault in London, and reigning two time gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva is predicted to win gold despite recent struggles. Suhr is expected to win bronze, despite the fact she beat Insinbayeva two of the three times she faced her this past year.

Suhr has been recovering from a torn quadriceps injury. She was able to win and qualify at the Olympic trials, but it remains to be seen to what degree it will impact her performance in London.

Suhr qualifiedSaturday. Coverage of thewomen's pole vault final will be included during NBC's primetime broadcast Monday nighton Channel 2.

abenigni@wgrz.gannett.com

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