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Loren Wood: Great athlete will represent U.S. at Rio

The 2016 Rio Olympics is on the way, and there will be hype for many athletes, but who will be the greatest athlete at the Rio Olympics? Hands down, the greatest athlete at the Rio Olympics, female or male, in my opinion, will be Jenn Suhr.

You may be asking — who is Jenn Suhr? Jenn is the reining Olympic gold medalist and World Champion in the women’s pole vault. She also was the silver medalist in the women’s pole vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics and is a 15-time National Champion.

Jenn Suhr was also voted the 2008 Female Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.

Before I go any farther, I need to say that I am a bit prejudiced in this selection since Jenn and I went to the same high school and are both members of the Fredonia (New York) High School Sports Wall of Fame.

Jenn also was the New York State High School Female Pentathlon Champion and holds the Roberts Wesleyan College female basketball career-scoring record. Simply put, she is an amazing athlete.

So go for the gold in Rio, Jenn, and hopefully we will see you carrying the American Flag, leading the American athletes, at the opening or closing ceremonies in Rio. You deserve this honor and will make us all proud.

Loren Wood

Oak Creek

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