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Medical issues force Fredonia Olympian Jenn Suhr to cut short season

Jenn Suhr, the three-time Olympian and 2012 Olympic gold medalist pole vaulter from Fredonia, has ended her outdoor season because of medical concerns, she posted on Twitter.

Suhr, 36, said she felt a "weird pain in my groin/pelvis" during a workout last month. After taking a few days off, she returned to her normal routine, but the pain came back a few day later. She said she experienced the pain on and off for a few weeks before getting an MRI.

She said the MRI showed a "3 cm cyst on my right side and a 7.4 cm mass on my left (which is more concerning)." Additional ultrasounds found "something on my lower left side."

"I have appointments coming up to figure out what this means for the future," she said, although she noted, "I’ve been assured there is nothing here we can’t handle."

Her announcement comes on the heels of questions about her status when she did not enter the Diamond League final meet this week in Zurich.

After a third-place performance at the USA Track and Field National Championships in June, Suhr finished second at the Athletissima in Lausanne, Switzerland, the first time in four years that she had competed at a Diamond League series event in Europe. Other than the Olympics and World Championships, Suhr had competed exclusively in North America since September 2014.

A week later, she finished tied for first at the Spitzen Leichtathletik in Lucerne, Switzerland. She then finished fourth in Jockgrim, Germany. She did not compete at the Diamond League meet in mid-August in Birmingham, England, with the onset of her medical issues.

Suhr had considered retirement and took a step back after the 2017 season. She returned revitalized last spring, including breaking the meet record with a vault of 4.85 meters at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon in May.

"If you wonder if I got my passion back...Yes and No," she wrote on Twitter. "I am really proud of how my season turned out and the fact I enjoyed competing again! However, Track and Field still has a lot of problems. Corruption and cheating has not gone away and is still prevalent at the high level."

Here is her full statement:

"Sadly, it’s an early end to my season:

"Last month, I had a workout where I felt a weird pain in my groin/pelvis. I took a few days off and had a normal jump workout. A few days later I felt a weird pain again. This went on and off for a few weeks."

"I went to my orthopedic doctor in Ohio and had an MRI. It showed some old injuries that they believe isn’t causing any issues, some swelling in my pelvis AND a 3 cm cyst on my right side and a 7.4 cm mass on my left (that was more concerning).

"We started making plans with my local doctor on who to see.

"I’ve had some ultrasounds done where they found something else on my lower left side. I have appointments coming up to figure out what this means for the future.

"I was forced to call the season early as pole vault will now take a back seat.

"If you wonder if I got my passion back...Yes and No.

"I am really proud of how my season turned out and the fact I enjoyed competing again!

"However, Track and Field still has a lot of problems. Corruption and cheating has not gone away and is still prevalent at the high level.

"More on that later, as for now, we are working towards getting back to normal as we head into the off-season. I’ve been assured there is nothing here we can’t handle."

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