LONDON — Amid swirling winds and rain Monday, American Jenn Suhr clinched the women’s pole vault gold medal, then rushed toward her husband Rick in the Olympic Stadium stands. She buried her head in his chest and sobbed. He draped Suhr in an Olympic flag and sent her on a victory lap. This was her moment, though they worked together as husband and wife, coach and athlete, to make it happen.
“If he could get out there and try to push me over the bar, he would,” said Suhr. “He’s done so much for me. He cares so much. People are like, ‘Your coach is intense.’ But it’s because he has that passion and knows how much I want it. With two people with that passion and drive, we compete and we compete hard . . . We’re emotional. It’s something that we put our hearts into and our blood, sweat, and tears. So, it’s two people working for one goal.”