Jenn Suhr, silver medalist in the epic pole vault showdown with Elena Ishinbaeva: “Everyone definitely got their money’s worth. It was one of the best pole vault competitions ever put on. 4.82m took third. 4.75m took fourth. There were great performances all the way around. Not to mention the crowd: the cheering, how into it they were. I have to look at it as a success.
I am happy with the silver. I look at the whole year: Olympic gold, a world record indoors, and a silver at the worlds. That’s quite a year and I am happy with that.” On the challenges in preparing for the world championship and the heels of her Olympic gold medal performance and post-Olympic obligations: “It is hard. I didn’t take indoors off. I jumped indoors. I jumped 5.02m indoors. And to come out and start competing again outdoors, I felt it at the end. My legs were tired, my body was fatigued. But I was glad to be a part of this.” On her unsuccessful attempts at 4.89m: “I was just tired. I put everything I had into it early. The anxiety, the adrenalin, all the emotions, they got to me at 4.89m and I was just tired.
I couldn’t put anything else into it.” On the gold medalist: “I am happy for her. She had a great night. And the support she had was fantastic. I am happy with how it turned out.” On Ishi’s possible retirement: “I have to look at it knowing there is always someone coming up. If it’s not Elena, it’s someone else coming up. And if it is not that person, it is someone else. If she’s out, I can guarantee you someone else is going to come and push it. That’s the way the event is.” How she was accepted in Moscow: “I was nervous coming in. I didn’t know how I would be accepted. But after doing the victory lap, I understood the crowd: they got their winner and they also cheered for me. That was special. I really felt the love as I was going around. For me, that meant a lot.”