By the age of 26, Fredonia's Jennifer Stuczynski Suhr had already accomplished far more than most people will even dream of in a lifetime. Stuczynski Suhr made her hometown beam with pride and drew national attention after she picked up that coveted honor by finishing second in the world in the women's pole vault event at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games in Stuczynski Suhr grew up in Fredonia and enjoyed playing sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer, golf and softball before making the move to track and field during her senior year, where she claimed a state title in pentathlon. She also found time to participate in track, winning NCCAA titles in javelin, the meter hurdles and, of course, the pole vault. She holds school records in that event, the meter hurdles, the javelin, high jump, meter hurdles, the 4 x relay and the 4x relay. In the spring of , while a senior at Roberts Wesleyan, she joined forces with pole-vault coach Rick Suhr, who had already mentored two national high school champions, and the march to Olympic glory began. Thanks to Suhr's superb coaching skills and Stuczynski Suhr's hard work, dedication and drive for nothing less than perfection, she rose to the top of the sport, becoming the U. National Indoor Champion in and and the U. National Outdoor Champion in , , and and earned the ranking of second in the world, with only world-record holder Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva in front of her.
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Jennifer Stuczynski Suhr
Fortunately, she also found time to participate in track, winning NCCAA titles in javelin, the meter hurdles and, of course, the pole vault. In the spring of , while a senior at Roberts Wesleyan, she joined forces with legendary pole vault coach Rick Suhr, who had already mentored two national high school champions, and the march to Olympic glory began. National Indoor Champion in and , and the U. National Outdoor Champion in , , and , earning the ranking of second in the world, with only world-record holder Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia in front of her. The stage was set to earn a trip to the Summer Games and Suhr proved she was ready for the big stage as she set a new U. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon.
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She has been an Olympic and World champion, has been ranked 1 in the World, has been the 1 American pole vaulter since , and has won a total of 17 US National Championships 7 Indoor, 10 Outdoor. She holds the world indoor pole vault record at 5. She holds the American women's pole vault record indoors. In , she won the U. Olympic trials , setting an American record of 4. She won the gold medal at the London Olympics on August 6, The grocery store was previously owned by her grandfather, "Bunk" Stuczynski.
The Buffalo News polled sports staffers as to the top 10 male and female athletes from Western New York. Rick Suhr, a former New York high school champion wrestler and rising pole vault coach, noticed her playing pickup basketball at Roberts Wesleyan College and saw the makings of an elite vaulter. Strong and agile at 6-feet-0, Stuczynski took instantly to the sport and was a national champion less than a year later. She holds the world indoor record of 5. She holds the American record both indoors and outdoors and has the 14 highest jumps in U.