Bill Livingston's Above and Beyond:Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest for PDF

By Bill Livingston

ISBN-10: 0873389743

ISBN-13: 9780873389747

Olympic medalists have been well-known at Quicken Loans enviornment in Cleveland, Ohio, days earlier than 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 used to be a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown larger than an individual sooner than at the Olympic level. infrequently a person knew his identify. He used to be 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 an apprehension of heights. yet due to his unflinching choice and self belief, Mack went directly to turn out 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 was once not just Mack’s own top 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 significant activities. Livingston unearths the interesting lifestyle 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 power; to the stirring duel among Mack and Toby Stevenson as they battled for gold in Athens. Readers will detect 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 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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