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By Bill Livingston

Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans enviornment in Cleveland, Ohio, days prior to 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 larger than an individual ahead of at the Olympic level. infrequently a person knew his identify. He used to be Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see something quite promising within the younger pole–vaulter. Mack by no means made it to the kingdom meet, and he was once the 1st to confess he had an apprehension of heights. yet because of his unflinching choice and self belief, Mack went directly to end up that he was once whatever yet mediocre. In 2004 the younger athlete received the Olympic gold medal for pole vaulting. His bounce of nineteen ft 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack’s own most sensible however the optimum 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 unearths the attention-grabbing 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 observe how Mack struggled and persevered, whereas operating in a manufacturing unit, as a mascot in a bumblebee gown, and as a janitor, and the way Mack replaced his education and remodeled his physique and brain in a three-year software that made his AOL username, Goldnathens, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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