Brigetta Barett is accustomed to hitting high notes, athletically and artistically.
Barrett, who won a silver medal in the women’s high jump at the London Olympics last summer and is a six-time
Barrett, who cleared a personal-best 6 feet 6 1/4 inches to win her medal in London, said she's aiming this weekend for the U.S. record of 6 feet 8 3/4 inches, set three years ago in Des Moines by Chaunte Howard-Lowe.
"I'm going to be a U.S.A. champion, and going to qualify for Worlds, to stamp my ticket to Russia. My goal for the World Championships is to win," she said during a recent conference call with reporters.
"I know that I am just as talented as these girls. I work just as hard as these girls. If anything, I feel like I possibly work harder than them because I didn't get to rest like they did. I got thrown right into the collegiate season as soon as I came back from London. I've been training really hard to make sure I'm ready to compete at the world level and compete against these women that I know I can beat.
"Getting second in the Olympics is very freeing for me. It was my first time at the Olympics. I medaled at the Olympics [and got a personal record] at the Olympics. There is nothing that I cannot do. The only thing I have to do is make sure I'm ready in my mind and I'm ready in my body. And I know what God has for me is for me."
The U.S. championships will feature an array of London medalists, including triple-gold medalist
Among the men,