13 DEC 2012 General News New York

Olympic gold medallists Suhr and Reese to compete at 2013 Millrose Games

Jennifer Suhr of the United States competes in the Women's Pole Vault final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 (Getty Images)Jennifer Suhr of the United States competes in the Women's Pole Vault final on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 6, 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright

Pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and long jumper Brittney Reese, who both soared to claim gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics Games, have confirmed they will compete in the 106th Millrose Games at The Armory in New York on 16 February.

"It is very exciting that we can showcase the London gold medal winners right here at The Armory during the Millrose Games," said Dr. Norb Sander, executive director of The Armory Foundation.

 Suhr, who resides in the upstate New York  village of Churchville and attended nearby Fredonia High School, went over 4.75m to top all the Olympic challengers  in London.

 Last February, during the 105th Millrose Games, she cleared 4.58m to win the Fred Schmertz Women's Pole Vault.

"Winning Olympic gold was a dream come true for me and now I'm very much looking forward to 2013," said Suhr.  "A world-class Millrose Games competition at The Armory gives me a chance to jump right here in my home state."

 Reese won her gold medal when she recorded 7.12m in London. Her exceptional resume includes being a two-time World champion, both indoors and outdoors, a five-time USA outdoor and two-time USA indoor champion.

"I want to bring more attention to the women's long jump event so I am very excited about competing in the Millrose Games," said Reese.

"As Olympic champion, I accept the role as the leader for my event to showcase the talents of athletes who jump, but also all the great athletes in track and field.

“I hope everyone comes out to watch the Millrose Games to see that  track and field is not just every four years during the Olympics. I'm training toward something very special on February 16th so the fans won't soon forget.

"I heard it gets really loud in The Armory and jumpers thrive on that energy. I am planning on winning my third World outdoor long jump title in Moscow in August so 2013 is very important to me. I hope the Millrose Games helps me accomplish my goals,” commented Reese.

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