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By Bill Livingston

ISBN-10: 0873389743

ISBN-13: 9780873389747

Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans area in Cleveland, Ohio, days ahead of 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 larger than a person sooner than at the Olympic degree. not often someone knew his identify. He was once Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see whatever rather 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 a terror of heights. yet due to his unflinching selection and self assurance, 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 leap of nineteen ft 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack’s own most sensible however the optimum in Olympic historical past. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world’s most deadly and important activities. Livingston unearths the interesting tradition of pole vaulting—from Bob Richards, the single 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 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 persisted, whereas operating in a manufacturing unit, as a mascot in a bumblebee dress, and as a janitor, and the way Mack replaced his education and remodeled his physique and brain in a three-year application that made his AOL username, Goldnathens, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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