Former world champion Ato Boldon posted on his twitter page a list of 10 sage pieces of advice for his fellow professional track and field athletes.
For posterity’s sake, Boldon was happy for AW to compile all 10 points here. “I put these out, not because I followed them all perfectly, not to preach, but because I didn’t in some cases,” said Boldon. “I had my time, maximize yours.”
10. Save some of all that free gear you constantly give away. It will end.
9. No one ever remembers the pain, but medals are forever. Push! No pro track athlete ever died from a workout. Post-career regret sucks.
8. No one from that shoe company you love so much loves you. Romance with no finance is a nuisance. The more in love you are, the less you make
Almost forgotten in the terror-stricken Munich Games of 1972 is the “equal access” issue raised by the East Germans.
It was the introduction (and ban) of the new carbon-fiber poles. At the last minute, the Americans were forced to go back to older technology and in so doing, their eight-decades-long string of Olympic gold came to an end.
Watch this artsy rendition of the competition from film-maker Arthur Penn If it’s too avante-garde, at least enjoy Hendrix’ version of “Watchtower”.
Featured vaulters are Bob Seagren, Jan Johnson, Steve Smith and gold medalist, Wolfgang Nordwig.
Looking for a new sport? Or a unique sport? Something with opportunity? Consider the pole vault. It’s fun, it’s challenging….and there’s opportunity.
Coach Spencer Frame of Kinesis Dynamic Athletics has been coaching for the past 10 years at the NCAA Division I and club levels, including at UNC for the past six years, and has developed a pole vault training system working with some of the best college and professional coaches in the country. Coach Frame has brought his system to the Triangle area and has already seen great success. He is now working on exposure for the sport.
Athletes and parents might not consider the pole vault because a school doesn’t have an indoor or spring track team, or pole vault equipment, or even a pole vault coach. But don’t let that stop you, Coach Frame says.
“We coach, we have equipment to use, and we send our team to compete in meets,” he says.
The only thing Kinesis can’t do for you is jump. “The pole vault is a demanding event,” Coach Frame says, and the combination of running with the pole, controlling your body in the air, a lot of timing and a lot of confidence building mean it’s an event that takes a lot of practice. But nothing compares to how much fun it is to pole vault.
A lack of experienced coaching is probably the biggest problem he sees. “I see some kids with potential at meets, but they haven’t been coached properly, or even coached at all,” he says. “It’s important to learn correct skills early so you can do it better quicker.”