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Fredonia native Jenn Suhr forced to put Olympic plans on hold

Olympics postponed

FILE - In this July 10, 2016, file photo, Jenn Suhr clears the bar during the women's pole vault final at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene Ore. If Russia's ban is upheld, the absence of world record-holder and two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva will leave a hole in the women’s pole vault competition _ particularly for Suhr. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

With the International Olympic Committee officially putting the 2020 Summer Olympics on hold until 2021, the preparation and training of athletes slated to compete has been put on hold as well. With all of the uncertainty surrounding the Olympics, the sporting world, and the COVID-19 panic as a whole, the focus of the athletes themselves isn’t necessarily on their sports.

At least, that’s the case for Fredonia’s Jenn Suhr.

Suhr, who competed in to the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics, was on schedule to compete in the 2020 games as well until they were officially postponed. In a Facebook post on Monday, Suhr’s husband and trainer, Rick Suhr, said both him and Jenn’s focus lied on the outbreak.

“The Olympics won’t happen this year, most likely a year delay,” Rick Suhr said. “It’s that simple…it’s a heartbreaker and it’s tough but we are all in for a lot tougher battles here, medically and economically.”

“As important as the Olympics may be, bigger challenges are ahead,” Rick Suhr continued. “There will be hardship and sadness ahead. Our priorities are to stay safe, make sure our elderly neighbors have what they need, follow our great country’s guidelines to help as much as we can. We have stayed quiet about the Olympics for it’s not where the fight is right now. The battle is everyone’s safety and helping as we can.”

The sentiments shared by Rick Suhr were echoed by Jenn herself, who made her own separate Facebook post to share her thoughts.

“Not always do I find myself unable to put thoughts into words,” Jenn Suhr said. The current situation our world is facing is bigger than the Olympic Games…I feel extremely selfish talking about sports with the heartache, hardship, and sadness this country and world are facing and going to face.”

While Suhr mentioned she had been asked for a public statement, she said her husband’s words were more than satisfactory.

“After reading his post, I don’t need to make a statement” Suhr continued. “Rick said it perfectly.”

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