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Instead of looking at what happened in 2009 as a burden, Oudin is trying to find inspiration from it.

“It’s something I’ll always be able to look back on and feel like: I did this, and I can do it again. It’s something I can work toward. And I’m really looking forward to having another great run like that again. I just don’t know when it will come. Just like I didn’t know that was going to come out of nowhere,” she said.

“I just have to keep working hard,” Oudin added, “and remember that I can compete with the best in the world.”

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Howard Fendrich can be reached at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich