Above and Beyond. Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest by Bill Livingston

By Bill Livingston

Two Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans area in Cleveland, Ohio, days sooner than 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 greater than somebody ahead of at the Olympic level. infrequently a person knew his identify. He was once Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see whatever rather promising within the younger pole–vaulter. Mack by no means made it to the country meet, and he was once the 1st to confess he had a terror of heights. yet because of his unflinching selection and self belief, Mack went directly to end up that he used to be whatever yet mediocre. In 2004 the younger athlete received the Olympic gold medal for pole vaulting. His leap of nineteen ft 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack's own most sensible 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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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.

The most recognizable athletic bauble in the world, an Olympic gold medal isn’t really gold; it’s sterling silver that has been gilded with at least six grams of gold (about one-fifth of an ounce). Of course, it isn’t the metal that makes it so valuable, but the mettle it took to win it. That day in Cleveland, it seemed as if no woman who had ever accepted a ring from a beau on bended knee had to show off her hardware as often as Mack did. If the gold wasn’t enough to impress the students and faculty at St.

I too have shared that dream. ” It was a means of self-expression. It was a desire to do something better than anybody else on earth. There was a price to pay in physical, mental, and emotional terms. There would be little in the way of material or financial gain. I guess it boils down to how and by what standards you measure success. Read on to see how Tim Mack did it and to learn something about pole vaulting and some of its most storied characters. A member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame, Dillard won the 100 meters at the 1948 Olympics after not qualifying in his specialty, the 110-meter high hurdles.

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