Pole Vault Champion Hurdles Celiac Disease
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In an August 7, 2011 interview with BuffaloNews.com, pole vault champion Jenn Suhr shared her personal experience in overcoming celiac disease.
Despite having won silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Suhr (formerly Stuczynski) had been struggling with symptoms since winning the national indoor championship in February 2011. Leg cramps, dehydration and general weakness forced her drop out of four meets during the spring season.
Shur currently holds more national titles than any active American track and field athlete – a whopping 10 of them!
But this time, she almost called it quits before the final. Her husband and coach since the Beijing Games, Rick, decided she needed to go through with the competition and push forward.
Fortunately, Shur found the answer to all her health-related distress – she has celiac disease. Since going on a gluten-free diet, she’s regaining her strength and feeling more secure in her ability to compete with the top athletes in her sport.
Jenn’s next big step? Conquering the World Championships, held Aug. 27-Sept. 4. Shur will face two-time Olympic Gold medalist and arch rival, Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia.
To read the entire article, visit BuffaloNews.com.