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By Bill Livingston
Two Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans area in Cleveland, Ohio, days sooner than Christmas 2004. One was once the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the "Chosen One" of the NBA. He had a bronze medal from the Athens video games that summer season. the opposite used to be a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown larger than someone earlier than at the Olympic level. not often an individual knew his identify. He used to be Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see something fairly promising within the younger pole–vaulter. Mack by no means made it to the nation meet, and he used to be the 1st to confess he had a terror of heights. yet due to his unflinching decision and self belief, Mack went directly to end up that he was once whatever yet mediocre. In 2004 the younger athlete received the Olympic gold medal for pole vaulting. His leap of nineteen toes 6–1/4 inches was once not just Mack's own top however the optimum in Olympic historical past. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world's...
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He was referring to the failure of Dan O’Brien, one half of Reebok’s “Dan vs. S. Olympic Trials. “You can muscle some events,” added Kyle, “but not the pole vault. You have to have the technique. “But did I see greatness in Tim? To be honest, no. Tim was very good as a freshman, and he was going to be one of those guys who could really move up. I thought he might do 13 or 14 feet. Then he took the year off for baseball. ” The year away sent him back to vaulting, more determined than ever. “It was a blessing in disguise.
You could see the students thinking: He did what? He went how high? Dude, do you get peanuts and a soft drink on a flight like that? No one from Cuyahoga County, where Cleveland is located, had won an Olympic gold medal in an individual event since 1968 until Mack did it on August 27, 2004. C. ” But the truth is no one saw this coming. It’s impossible to quantify brilliance precisely. ” However, the pole vault is such a visually stunning event, its spectacle is so grand, that adding this literal measurement on the basketball court for all of the students and faculty to see to the very inch what Mack did in Athens, Greece, only made the tale taller.
When you really nail one,” said Bragg, “it’s almost mystical. You see it in segments instead of—whoosh—in a continuous flow. The swing. The rock back. The plant. The pull-up. On a great vault, you can look straight down the pole while doing a handstand on it. ” “There was a picture of me in Sports Illustrated where the angle made it look like I was up there in the third balcony of Madison Square Garden,” said the Rev. Bob Richards, one of the sport’s first stars. “The caption said the pole vault is a symbol of human achievement, of jumping on a flimsy pole and trying to do the impossible.
Above and Beyond. Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest for Olympic Gold by Bill Livingston