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Rick and Jenn Suhr address the crowd at Barker Commons on Saturday afternoon. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg

FREDONIA – Family, friends and community members gathered to celebrate one of their own Saturday afternoons at Barker Commons in the Village.

Fredonia native Jenn Suhr was honored with a monument honoring her pole vault career that included multiple national championships, a world indoor record and Olympic silver and gold medals.

“The support I got in high school is no different than what I get now,” said Jenn, who announced her retirement earlier this year. “I think that matters to athletes. What you do behind the athletes in a small town really makes a difference. You follow us to university and you have followed me throughout my professional career. It wasn’t so much the ups that mattered as the downs. When I was weak, everyone here was there to pick me up.

Rick Suhr, Jenn’s husband and coach, also spoke at the ceremony which was part of the Red, White and Blue Festival.

“It’s a phenomenal gathering” he said. “My job was easy. There were four things in there before I got involved. You had a good teaching, an excellent community, good supervision and phenomenal parenting. It made my job – meeting Jenn at 22, she had never pole vaulted before – easier.

Jenn Suhr had plenty to smile about when she returned on Saturday. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg

The monument, which sits at the base of a flagpole in Barker Commons, reads:

Jenn Suhr

Olympic gold medalist

World record holder

Presented by the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee.

Jenn Suhr is flanked by fellow Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame inductees Stan Marshaus, left, and Randy Anderson. Suhr was dedicated in 2009. PJ Photo by Scott Kindberg

Read the full story in Monday’s Post-Journal.

The monument to Fredonia native Jenn Suhr was unveiled Saturday afternoon. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg

Jenn Suhr, left, takes a selfie Saturday afternoon with Julie Essek, Chair of the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee, in front of the monument honoring the Olympic champion and Fredonia native. Photo of PJ by Scott Kindberg

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