Jenn Suhr Returns Home With Gold Medal

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FREDONIA, NEW YORK - The Fredonia faithful roared Saturday for Jenn Suhr, who captured the gold medal in the London 2012 Olympics.

"The people love her, the influence she has on people, you don't realize until you come back here," said Rick Suhr, Jenn's husband.

Amazing, inspiring and unforgettable were just some of the words Suhr's fans used to describe her amazing run on the world stage.

It's been six weeks since Suhr pulled off the victory by beating legendary names in her sport. Hundreds of fans packed the center of Fredonia's downtown Saturday to see their heroine take to the sky.

The event is the first stop in her tour of the region after London.

"After I won gold it was emotional. My husband and I have been working so hard the last four years for it, and when it came true you can let your emotions down and celebrate and enjoy it and that's what we did," Suhr said, who credits much of her success to her family, supporters and her husband, Rick.

"Rick knows when to shut up and when to put it on, so he struck a good balance in their marriage," said Mark Stuczynski, Jenn's dad.

The Suhr's say that they keep their home and work lives separate, which allows them to balance their lives.

Meantime, Suhr continues to excel after London. On Saturday, she set a new mark and beat her own record in England by jumping 15 feet, 10 inches. This height is three inches higher than her record in London.

Some aspiring pole vaulters say that Suhr inspires them to be great.

"It is amazing to come into your home crowd and have people chanting your name, on the runway, to come through with the world lead that was special to me," Suhr said.

Rick Suhr says Jenn continues to get better and stronger and that extending her world lead is proof of that.

Jenn Suhr's closest friends say she has done the impossible, by overcoming a number of injuries and doing something no one in this small town has ever done before.

Next week, Suhr will visit her alma mater, Robert Wesleyn College in Rochester. Then, she'll show her skills again at Ralph Wilson Stadium two Sundays from now.

After the tour and some much needed rest, Suhr says she'll decide if she'll train again for the Olympics in 2016.

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