Fredonia's Jenn Suhr will bring her gold-medal "Victory Tour" to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. Suhr will compete in a pole vault competition in the fieldhouse at 10:15 a.m. before the Bills play the Patriots. The event, which is expected to finish around 11:30 a.m., is open to the public.
Suhr, who won the Olympic women's pole vault last month in London, will be introduced in the stadium just before the Bills take the field for the big AFC East clash at 1 p.m.
The Bills game will be the third stop on the Suhr tour. On Friday night, she competed against a group of area men and women at her alma mater, Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili outside Rochester.
Last Saturday, Suhr jumped in her hometown of Fredonia. She cleared 4.83 meters (15 feet, 10 inches), the world's best vault by a woman this year. She cleared 4.74 (15-7) to win gold in London.
"The goal of the tour is to share her Olympic experience and Olympic gold medal with all of Western New York," said Rich Kenah, a spokesman for Suhr. "And Jenn figures there's no better way for people to understand the pole vault than to actually see it and experience it.
Suhr was honored today as part of the Roberts Wesleyan homecoming ceremonies. When she graduated, Suhr was the career scoring leader in women's basketball at the college.
– Jerry Sullivan