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.
The monument, which sits at the base of a flagpole in Barker Commons, reads:
Olympic gold medalist
World record holder
Presented by the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee.
Read the full story in Monday’s Post-Journal.