New PDF release: Above and Beyond:Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest for

By Bill Livingston

Olympic medalists have been famous at Quicken Loans area in Cleveland, Ohio, days prior to Christmas 2004. One was once 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 was once a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown better than a person sooner than at the Olympic degree. rarely an individual knew his identify. He was once Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see whatever fairly 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 because of his unflinching decision and self belief, Mack went directly to turn out that he was once whatever yet mediocre. In 2004 the younger athlete gained the Olympic gold medal for pole vaulting. His leap of nineteen toes 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack’s own most sensible however the maximum in Olympic background. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world’s most threatening and significant activities. Livingston finds the interesting culture of pole vaulting—from Bob Richards, the single guy to win Olympic gold two times in pole vaulting; to Sergey Bubka, the main debatable pole vaulter ever; to Don Bragg, a rowdy Tarzan-like personality who swung on ropes in his yard to construct upper-body power; to the stirring duel among Mack and Toby Stevenson as they battled for gold in Athens. Readers will become aware of how Mack struggled and continued, whereas operating in a manufacturing facility, as a mascot in a bumblebee dress, and as a janitor, and the way Mack replaced his education and made over his physique and brain in a three-year application that made his AOL username, Goldnathens, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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