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Reed Hancock prepares for Youth Olympic Games

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Deerfield Windsor's Reed Hancock dominated the competition this year in pole vaulting.

She is a state champion in Georgia and also won gold at the Junior Olympic games in Dallas.

Now Reed is getting ready to take on the World. Next month she heads to Singapore as 1 of 20 athletes chosen to represent the United States in the first Youth Olympic Games.

"I've been working on a lot of technical things with my vault and to get where I need to be I need to be on bigger poles and higher grips" said Reed.

It will be really tough there's a lot of really awesome vaulters going which I'm excited to see and meet."

 "She is technically as good as the lady that's number one in the world her technique is as good frame by frame as the lady that holds the all time world record 16'6''1/2." said Reed's coach Charlie Polhamus who is a two time world champion.

To medal in Singapore Reed will likely need to clear 13 feet which she's done in practice but never a meet.

"I get really excited and pumped up It's just more of instead of having like thirty jumps like you have hear you have three to make a height so you have to really be concentrating on each jump you have while you're in a competition."

Polhamus spends at least four days a week with Reed trying to move her up to bigger poles and higher grips.

"People ask me do I think she can make the Olympic Trials in 2012? Yeah I certainly do but there's two major things that she has to do to do that and that's number one get stronger and number two get faster. That equates to bigger poles and higher grips."

 "As far as her potential, her potential is endless because she is right now doing things that college girls don't do technically."

The Youth Olympic Games run from August 14th through August 26th. Reed and team USA leave for Singapore on August 9th.

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