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 enviornment in Cleveland, Ohio, days sooner than 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 season. the opposite was once a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown better than somebody ahead of at the Olympic level. infrequently a person 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 country meet, and he was once the 1st to confess he had a terror of heights. yet because of his unflinching selection and self assurance, 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 ft 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack’s own top however the maximum in Olympic heritage. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world’s most deadly and significant activities. Livingston finds the attention-grabbing lifestyle of pole vaulting—from Bob Richards, the one guy to win Olympic gold two times in pole vaulting; to Sergey Bubka, the main arguable pole vaulter ever; to Don Bragg, a rowdy Tarzan-like personality who swung on ropes in his yard to construct upper-body energy; 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 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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