So I will be out of town. Tyler is going to Todd’s. Will has “jumper’s knees”. So we are shut down for a couple of weeks.
Event: Pole Vault
PR: 5.82m/19-1.25 (2009)
Born: May 1, 1981
Current Residence: Brookland, Arkansas
High School: Norfolk (Neb.) HS ‘99
College: Allegheny County ’03; Arkansas ‘04
Coach: Earl Bell
Agent: Jeff Hartwig
Career Highlights: 2009 USA Indoor champion; Runner-up at 2009 & 2003 USA Indoor Champs; Runner-up at 2011 and 2010 USA Outdoor Champs; 2002 NCAA D-III national indoor & outdoor champion
Scott qualified for his second World Outdoor team, with a runner-up finish at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championship. Scott continued his positive momentum from his outstanding 2009 season by finishing fourth at the 2010 USA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and by posting the highest outdoor clearance by an American that year of 5.82m/19-1 from his May 18 win in Jonesboro, Ark. Believed to be the tallest world class pole vaulter in history, Scott, who stands 6 feet 9 inches tall, made the World Outdoor Championships team for Berlin with his second place finish at the 2009 USA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. His breakthrough 2009 season got off to a great start with his win at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston, and he broke the 19-foot barrier for the first time in his career with his winning clearance June 14 in Jonesboro, Ark., when he cleared 5.82m/19-1.25
Hands down, this is the best single-athlete masters track video of all time! W65 world champ and record-setter Joe Johnston opened his “Joe Dome” in central Florida to Marc Middleton, founder and CEO of The (Growing) Bolder Media Group. See it here. Marc writes that he’s also Joe’s hurdle training partner and that he’s targeting 2012 masters indoor nationals in Bloomington, Indiana, as his first masters meet. Go, Marc! And thanks for this incredible display of masters ingenuity and determination.
August 28th, day 2 of the IAAF WC decathlon, it was a little after 5 o’clock on a pleasant Daegu afternoon and I had a PR in my pocket and the first spark of the day. I had never been more confident that I would throw big than that day. i always approach the javelin with the same mindset, “go somewhere else in your mind and throw like you want to hurt yourself.” In fact, those were the last words I told mario, “I’m going to try to hurt myself”. That mentality has enabled me to consistently step up and PR when I need to. It also, put some serious stress on my body.
That’s the trick. You can’t be scared of hurting or you’ll never throw far. To hit a good jav, you have to put your body in some compromising positions and put some serious energy behind it.
So I’ve got my PR in my pocket on my first throw of the year from a full approach- and it was a messed up approach at that!… So now what? “Let’s fix the approach and really put some heat on it!” So we fixed it and missed the strike but it still went promisingly far. So I walk to that back of the runway and talk it over with Mario and we KNOW that if we do this 3rd round throw right, then we’ll have a 72m throw and something special. As I walk to the back of the runway, I’m both exhausted and so full of adrenaline that I thought my heart would explode and I may pee on myself during that explosion. Hard to describe, but imagine you’re standing underneath the colosseum in ancient Rome and you’re next in line to fight for your life. Oh, and you haven’t slept in two days!
September 28 – The Jewish Cultural Centre in Rockland, New York, has unveiled a sculpture to honour the 11 Israelis who were murdered by terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Palestinian terrorists broke into the Olympic Village and entered rooms where the Israeli team were staying, before fighting broke out with athletes and coaches defending the squad, during which weightlifter Yossef Romano and coach Moshe Weinberg were murdered.
Another nine athletes – Yossef Gutfreund, Amitzur Shapira, Kehat Shorr, Andre Spitzer, Jacov Springer, Eliezer Halfin, Mark Slavin, David Berger, and Ze’ev Friedman – were held hostage by the Black September terrorists before being murdered despite numerous attempts to negotiate their safe release