ROCHESTER, NY – A Western New York Olympic gold medalist, and Village of Fredonia native, is retiring following a long career in professional track and field competition.
2012 Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr announced the news on Thursday. Suhr’s 17-year career is regarded as one of the most accomplished in pole vault history.
Just ten months after taking up pole vaulting, she won her first national title in 2005. 17 US championships later, Suhr holds three US Olympic Trial titles.
Suhr also broke the world record with a clearance of 5.02m/16’5.5″ at the USATF Indoor Championships, to this day, the record still stands.
Additionally, Suhr holds three of the five highest clearances for women’s indoor competition, and nine of the top 20 clearances in women’s outdoor competition.
Just a few years ago she was named Pole Vaulter of the Decade by the Track & Field News.