Health issues end season for Fredonia native Suhr

File Photo Fredonia native and 2012 gold medal winner Jenn Suhr has announced health concerns have ended her training and seasons in the pole vault.

OBSERVER Staff Report

Fredonia native and 2012 Olympic gold medal winner Jenn Suhr has announced health concerns have ended her training and seasons in the pole vault.

In a post from around 1 p.m. Tuesday on Facebook she writes:

“Sadly, it’s an early end to my season:

“Last month, I had a workout where I felt a weird pain in my groin/pelvis. I took a few days off and had a normal jump workout. A few days later I felt a weird pain again. This went on and off for a few weeks.

“I went to my orthopedic doctor in Ohio and had an MRI. It showed some old injuries that they believe isn’t causing any issues, some swelling in my pelvis AND a 3 cm cyst on my right side and a 7.4 cm mass on my left (that was more concerning).

“We started making plans with my local doctor on who to see.

“I’ve had some ultrasounds done where they found something else on my lower left side. I have appointments coming up to figure out what this means for the future.

“I was forced to call the season early as pole vault will now take a back seat.

“If you wonder if I got my passion back … Yes and No.

“I am really proud of how my season turned out and the fact I enjoyed competing again!

“However, Track and Field still has a lot of problems. Corruption and cheating has not gone away and is still prevalent at the high level.

“More on that later, as for now, we are working towards getting back to normal as we head into the off-season. I’ve been assured there is nothing here we can’t handle.”

Suhr, who currently lives outside Rochester, won the gold pole-vaulting in 2012 in London during the Summer Olympics. She won the silver medal in Beijing in 2008.

Her coach and husband, Rick Suhr told the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester: “It’s been a hard year and a hard season. She feels she’s going to get healthy and going to get better.”

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