By Bill Livingston
Two Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans area in Cleveland, Ohio, days ahead of Christmas 2004. One used to be the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, the "Chosen One" of the NBA. He had a bronze medal from the Athens video games that summer time. the opposite used to be a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown better than an individual prior to at the Olympic level. hardly ever somebody knew his identify. He was once Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see whatever really promising within the younger pole–vaulter. Mack by no means made it to the kingdom meet, and he used to be the 1st to confess he had an apprehension of heights. yet due to his unflinching choice 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 used to be not just Mack's own top however the maximum in Olympic heritage. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world's...
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Not to mention Tim, who cleared barriers at least 7 meters high. INTRODUCTION Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Schemes Track and field represents the genesis of competition. Mankind has wondered who was faster or stronger as long ago as the funeral games in the Iliad, and despite the taint of drug abuse, track and field today remains the purest sport conceptually. It symbolizes the highest plane of endeavor, because it can quantify human limits more than any other sport. The ancient Olympics eventually included chariot racing, discus throwing, boxing, and wrestling, but the first Olympic sport was a run the length of a field that amounted to nearly 200 meters.
Few vaulters at the world-class level wear protective helmets, although head injuries are obviously massive when suffered after falling from the equivalent of a second-story window and missing the foam-rubber landing pads. From 18 feet, a vaulter weighing 175 pounds falls at a rate of 24 mph. 2 feet per second packs a wallop of 6,160 pounds. Of course, the actual effect must be modified; penetrating deeply into a soft mattress reduces the force significantly. The modern pole vault is track and field’s most spectacular event.
If more than three competitors are still alive, he has one minute to jump; for two or three he has two minutes; and, if jumping alone and presumably for a meet or a world record, five minutes. Ties are broken by fewer misses or by a jump-off at the last bar successfully cleared. Like the high jump, the pole vault offers nearly countless chances for a competitor to take the lead. Clear a new height on any of three tries, raise the bar, up the stakes, push yourself and your competitors to new levels, and climb forever toward the golden glow at the end of the pole.
Above and Beyond. Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest for Olympic Gold by Bill Livingston