Roberts Wesleyan Alum Takes Home Gold in Pole Vault at London Olympics
Rochester, N.Y. – Former pole vault and
women’s basketball standout Jenn Suhr (’04) made
history by winning the gold medal in the women’s pole vault
finals at the Olympic Games in London.
More than 250 Roberts Wesleyan College employees, students, alumni, and community members came out to a viewing party hosted by the College to cheer Suhr on in the Ellen Stowe Room inside the Garlock Dining Commons.
The event was billed as ‘Suhr Sundae’ with fans being served ice cream with gold colored toppings such as butterscotch, caramel, and yellow m&m’s while watching the event on a big screen as it was being streamed live online.
Suhr, who earned the silver four years ago in Beijing, won the event after Yarisely Silva (Cuba) failed to clear the bar at 15’9’. Suhr was also stuck at that height, but missed only three vaults compared to Silva’s four misses.
Russia’s Elena Isinbaeva, one of the favorites coming into the event, won bronze.
By winning gold, Suhr was able to break Isinbaeva’s quest to become the first female to win three straight gold medals in the women’s pole vault.
Provided by the Roberts Wesleyan Athletic Department.