Rick Suhr is the pole vault coach to his then-girlfriend and now-wife, Olympian Jenn Suhr, nee Stuczynski. Suhr was caught berating her on camera after getting silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was filmed shrugging his shoulders and saying, “You weren’t on; your warm-up didn’t go well. You were at 55. You got caught up in that meat grinder. Whaddaya gonna do?” Jen, meanwhile, looks on not knowing whether to be proud or ashamed of a silver Olympic medal finish. “Celebrating success, and genuinely celebrating the success of your partner and their achievements is hugely important,” says DiDonato. “I don’t see how acting in an unsupportive way could ever promote her feeling appreciated or valued for her amazing abilities.”
Lesson learned: Be supportive through success, failure, and everything in between.
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