France’s Vanessa Boslak has had a nightmare three years when at times she never imagined she would ever see a pole vault pit in her life again.
In 2009 her athletics life was put on temporary hold when she went under the surgeon’s knife for a knee injury.
Unfortunately, complications set in that led to her disappearance from the world of athletics and a frustrating familiarity with doctors and hospitals.
“I was going crazy,” said Boslak. “At the beginning of my injury I wanted to be operated on as soon as possible. Afterwards, I had to find a solution because the pain would not go away.”
During those three years represented by a blank in her career statistics, Boslak admits, not surprisingly, that she might “have to find something else to do”. But at the back of her mind was an equally persistent thought: “Even injured, I thought I would do what I could to get to London.” Continue reading
(Clovis, CA) – In this Olympic Year, the annual North American Pole Vaulting Association (NAPVA) Championships will celebrate the “Spirit of the Olympics” with five former U.S. Pole Vault Olympians in attendance. The event will be held on streets of Old Town Clovis (corner of 4th and Pollasky), on Friday, August 3, 2012, beginning at 5:00 pm.Jumping in the competition will be 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Nick Hysong and 2008 Olympian April Steiner-Bennett. Along with Hysong and Steiner-Bennett, 2000 Women’s Olympic Gold Medalist Stacy Dragila and 2008 Olympian Erica Bartolina will guide their respective high school squads as coaches of the San Diego and New Orleans Teams. 1960 Olympic Silver Medalist Ron Morris, an event sponsor, will also be in attendance.This year’s elite competition will also feature 5 rising stars of American Pole Vaulting including; 2010 NCAA champion Jordan Scott; 4th place finisher at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Mary Saxer (NYAC); 4 time NCAA Division All-American Brysun Stately; 2012 NCAA Division 1 All-American Derrick Hinch (Arizona State University); and 2004 NCAA Division 3 Champion Chris Swanson.The 2012 Elite Division winner will be crowned the Warmerdam Cup Champion, in honor of legendary pole vaulter Cornelius “Dutch” Warmerdam. Warmerdam, a Hanford native, was the first man to clear the historic 15 foot barrier and held the world record for an incredible 17-year span.The High School Competition will be made up of co-ed teams (2 boys, 2 girls) from New Orleans, Reno, San Diego, Los Angeles, Clovis and Hanford. more
July 30 – London 2012 has started to put thousands of tickets back on sale for the Olympics in an emergency bid to fill the empty seats at venues across the Games.
In the lead-up to the Olympics, London 2012 claimed there would be no empty seats at the venues as they were overwhelmed with ticket requests but the sight of whole sections of gaps in the stands has angered the thousands of fans who missed out on tickets.
The non-attendance of accredited “Games Family” – including sports officials and media – has largely been blamed for the empty seats but London 2012 have said that international federations have started giving tickets back to sell to the public.
“We talked to the international federations yesterday,” said the London 2012 director of communications and public affairs Jackie Brock-Doyle at a press conference here.
“We were able to put back into the pot for sale around 3,000 tickets last night; they have all been sold. more
LONDON – The long jump? It’s going well.The 100 meters? Looking good.The hurdles? Just fine, thanks.But the pressure of going into his first Olympics as a huge favorite to win the gold medal in the decathlon?It’s possible that could turn out be the biggest obstacle for Ashton Eaton as he moves seemingly inexorably toward an Olympic gold medal in the decathlon, joining the fabled ranks of such former U.S. champions as Jim Thorpe, Bob Mathias, Milt Campbell, Rafer Johnson, Bruce Jenner and Dan O’Brien.Eaton, 24, of Eugene, Ore., went from well-known only in track circles to semi-celebrity after he set a world record with an astonishing two-day performance — 9,039 points — in late June in cold and rainy weather in front of a big hometown crowd in Eugene’s Hayward Field in the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.From that day until now, people have been congratulating him non-stop and chatting him up about whether he can set another world record in the London Games, as if there will be no real competition for him when the decathlon is held Aug 8-9 in London’s Olympic Stadium. more
1 Colton Cohea 98 Sinton, TX 13-00.00 3.96m
2 Nathan O’Connor 98 Groveland, IL 11-06.00 3.50m
3 Austin Jones 98 Arp, TX 11-00.00 3.35m
4 Carter Goyen 98 Alvin, TX J11-00.00 3.35m
5 Jacob Daigle 98 New Iberia, LA J11-00.00 3.35m
6 Brandon Pace 98 Tomball, TX J11-00.00 3.35m
7 Cole Courtois 98 New Iberia, LA J11-00.00 3.35m
8 Karney Linch 98 League City, TX 10-06.00 3.20m
8 Jonathan Griffin-Heard 98 Orlando, FL 10-06.00 3.20m
10 Peyton Weissmann 98 Grapevine, TX J10-06.00 3.20m
11 Chad Wieland 98 Seguin, TX 10-00.00 3.04m
12 Cooper Jazo 98 Lindenhurst, IL J10-00.00 3.04m
13 Arron Arteaga 98 Goodland, KS J10-00.00 3.04m
13 Charles Henderson 98 New Braunfels, TX J10-00.00 3.04m
15 Luke Woodall 98 Pleasant Hill, MO 9-06.00 2.89m
15 Bobby Willingham 98 Nashville, TN 9-06.00 2.89m
15 Chad Horstmann 98 San Antonio, TX 9-06.00 2.89m
15 Miller Fryer 98 Liberty, MO 9-06.00 2.89m
19 Logan Freeman 98 Watauga, TX 9-00.00 2.74m
20 Jackson Hayden 98 San Antonio, TX J9-00.00 2.74m
20 Benjamin Poth 98 Spring Texas, TX J9-00.00 2.74m
– Avery Monroe 98 Upper Marlboro, MD DNS
MILWAUKEE — One athlete refuses to bend to the aging process, but instead, bends with it! The Get Vertical Pole Vaulting Club has been a staple for the area’s best vaulters for the last four years. 50-60 kids from grade school to college gather a few times a week to work on and perfect their technique. Long before that, Paul Tilleman was one of just a few local high schoolers competing in the event.After taking 30-some years off, Tilleman found himself drawn back to the pit.“My older son was running track. He was a distance runner and I was going to the meet, so I gravitated to the pole vault,” Tilleman said.Eventually, Tilleman decided to pick up the pole again and got in shape and lost some weight. Now, the 59-year-old competes at the masters level.Tilleman says he motions and mechanics came back quickly.“The body is way different than when I started. It’s more like a bag of loose parts,” Tilleman said.As much as Tilleman enjoys the jumping, he says he gets the biggest high from coaching kids. Because he can still get up over the bar himself, there’s a certain level of respect from the athletes he mentors.“He’s like the best coach. He has so much passion and enthusiasm. You can tell that’s fueled all these years,” Sofie Yang said.Tilleman is a competitive person, but he doesn’t put a lot of importance on winning. Instead, it’s the sense of accomplishment and the chance to learn something new with every run that’ll keep him vertical for years to come.“I’ll keep doing it until I’m not physically able. I won’t say until I shouldn’t do it because I’ll go beyond that, but then I’ll stop,” Tilleman said.Tilleman says he isn’t the oldest to compete at the masters level. There’s a man who comes up from Rockford, Illinois who is 83-years-young more
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1 Joseph Nickell 99 Nixa, MO 11-07.00N 3.53m
2 Dane Ledford 99 Argyle, TX 10-06.00 3.20m
3 Zachery Bradford 99 Bloomington, IL 10-00.00 3.04m
4 River Myatt 99 Keller, TX 9-06.00 2.89m
5 Jon Zapata 99 Donna, TX J9-06.00 2.89m
6 Connor Sheridan 99 East Greenwich, RI 8-06.00 2.59m
6 Spencer Somerville 99 Ardmore, OK 8-06.00 2.59m
8 Donald Grant 99 Winston Salem, NC 8-00.00 2.43m
8 Jacob Sobota 99 Knoxville, TN 8-00.00 2.43m
10 Dylan Everett 99 The Woodlands, TX 7-00.00 2.13m
– Jacob Bryce 99 George West, TX NH
– Tyreke Thompson 99 Capitol Heights, MD NH
– Evan Kowalk 99 Frederick, MD DNS
– Richard Mcwhorter 99 Springdale, AR DNS
A group of athletes have launched an online protest against a rule preventing them from thanking their sponsors via social networking sites.Dozens of track and field athletes have hit out at Rule 40 – one of a string of strict guidelines set down by organisers to protect the Games from “ambush marketing” and ensure only official sponsors can be named.Athletes who break the rule can be fined, have their accreditation removed and even be disqualified.The online revolt gained traction among the cream of US track and field athletes, who do not receive government grants toward their training and rely on income from sponsors, prize money and part-time jobs.Half of the country’s top ten athletes earn less than $15,000 a year from sport. Today, the #wedemandchange hashtag was trending on Twitter on both sides of the Atlantic.This is the first time the so-called brand police – whose activities include banning a Dorset butcher’s sign of the Olympic rings made from sausages – have reached into the heart of the Olympic Village. more
LONDON—The Olympic cauldron has a new spot in the main stadium, although it still won’t be visible to the public.Organizers said in a statement Monday the cauldron was shifted from the middle of the stadium infield to an area near the bell at the opening ceremony bell. The switch is necessary to prepare for track and field competition, which begins Friday.To make the transition, the Olympic flame was taken from the cauldron and placed in a lantern while the cauldron was moved to the south end of the stadium.The cauldron was reignited Monday morning by Austin Playfoot, a torchbearer at the 1948 and 2012 London Olympics more
Taking advantage of the high speed shooting capabilities of the NEX, these were some of my pole vault attempts… the composites are a bit experimental (which is my way of saying please don’t be too critical of technique as I’m on a learning curve with it All taken with the Hexanon 200 at around f4.0 more