The last time I won Nationals, the reporter asked me after the competition how I felt winning with the shortest distance ever in a National Championship. Quite honestly, I said, that’s not really my problem. All I did was jump the best I could today. I suppose it’s the other competitor’s problem for not beating me with such a mediocre jump. Needless to say, I didn’t like that question. It’s my job to do my best. It’s someone else’s job to try and make there best better than mine.
Fortunately though, I doubt the women’s long jump will run into the same problem this year, or for many years to come. When I first started as a professional, the event was in a bit of a post-JJK slump. But that’s all changed, as evidenced by the fact that I have probably jumped further in every National championships since then, but have yet to repeat as Champion. I’m hoping that all changes this weekend I head to Des Moines, Iowa to compete in my 10th senior National Championships. Holy cow– I’m old! Well, let’s just call it experienced. I’m just hoping experience is on my side.
There is no World Championship or Olympic team to make this year, so competition at Nationals does not hold the same importance as it does in other years. But our careers don’t necessarily have 1 year plans. These championships can be a build up and a stepping-stone to what we have coming up in the next two years. I definitely plan on going out there and giving my all. This might not be a back-to-back title like the Lakers, but an 8 year gap still has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? If anything, it shows perseverance on my part. I hope the reporter notices that.
**I also did a pre championships interview over on PreRace Jitters. If you want to check it out : http://preracejitters.com/brianna-glenn-prepares-to-compete-at-2010-usa-outdoor-championships/