Olympic champion Suhr announces retirement

A Fredonia champion and U.S. gold medal winner has announced her retirement this afternoon in a Facebook post.

Jenn Suhr, who won gold in pole vaulting in the Summer Olympics in 2012, is calling it a career. “It is official.

“The words will come to me soon but my heart and soul are ready for the next phase of my life.

“Pole vault unlocked more than I could have wished for and let me experience more than I could have dreamed of.

“I started pole vaulting as a senior in college, unaware of where this life would lead and provide for me.

“I will forever be grateful.

“I say goodbye, not with a heavy heart, but with an enthusiasm I haven’t felt in some time.

“Thank you for your endless support and uplifting comments.”

Suhr was named Pole Vaulter of the Decade by Track & Field News and has been considered Western New York’s greatest female athlete across all sports.

Before winning the gold in 2012, she placed second winning the silver medal in 2008.

“I feel very lucky to be ending my career with the support and guidance from the same people I had around me when it began,” she said in a statement. “First and foremost, I owe so much to my husband and coach, Rick, whose love and energy were essential to me clearing every bar in front of me these last 18 years. I’m very proud to have represented Adidas from the start and beyond grateful for the foundation and support they’ve given me throughout my career. And of course, I want to thank my family, friends and everyone who was there for me on this unforgettable journey.”


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