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By Bill Livingston

Olympic medalists have been famous at Quicken Loans area 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 larger than somebody prior to at the Olympic level. not often a person knew his identify. He was once Tim Mack. His highschool trainer didn't see something fairly 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 decision 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 bounce of nineteen ft 6–1/4 inches used to be not just Mack’s own top however the maximum in Olympic background. Award-winning activities columnist invoice Livingston follows Mack as he practices one of many world’s most deadly and critical activities. Livingston unearths the interesting tradition of pole vaulting—from Bob Richards, the one 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 energy; to the stirring duel among Mack and Toby Stevenson as they battled for gold in Athens. Readers will observe how Mack struggled and persisted, 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 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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