Pole vaulter Jenn Suhr’s competitive season may be over due to injuries suffered in a practice session earlier this week.
The Olympic gold medalist was hurt when her pole shattered during a workout in suburban Rochester on Wednesday. She fell into the front of a protective padding area that is used to cushion the fall from a vault, and then bounced to the ground. She reportedly hurt her wrist, hand, ribs, neck and shoulder.
Suhr’s husband and coach, Rick Suhr, posted a video of the fall on her Twitter account on Thursday. Jenn Suhr posted a Tweet on Friday saying “I am banged up and bruised up but I will be back!”
The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reported that X-rays revealed Suhr did not suffer any broken bones in the accident.
Suhr won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and silver at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Fredonia native is hoping to defend her title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
She had planned to compete in London and in Zurich, Switzerland, later this month, and in Morocco in September, according to Rick Suhr.
“This is going to cost us time and money, but it’s all about Rio,” he told the Rochester newspaper.