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As time has passed, Rick Suhr has had to keep expanding it. Upward. Because his wife’s jumps threaten to scrape the roof.

And yet, rough as those conditions can be, Rick Suhr said it was worse at the stadium in London, where the pole vaulters were met with drizzle, rain, shifting winds.

Before all of Suhr’s jumps, she would look to the stands where her husband would be holding his arms straight out in one direction or the other, signaling Jenn to make certain pole adjustments depending on the wind.

“You can see the way it goes back and forth,” Suhr said of the constant conversation she carries on with her husband during a meet. “We’re talking. We’re emotional. It’s something we put our hearts into, and blood, sweat and tears.

“It’s two people,” she said, “working toward one goal.”