UPDATE: I have a new product sponsor that could develop into more depending on my success. The Rudy Project is an Italian Sports Eyewear company that has some of the most revolutionary technology in eyewear and they are putting it to use in the sports world! I just received a couple pairs of sunglasses with optional lenses determed by the weather and brightness. I vaulted with a pair that my buddy let me have a few weeks ago and jumped a new personal best of 5.72m/18’9.25″ so I figured I would try wearing them again! They are fully adjustable, lightweight, and very comfortable. You should check them out here: Rudy Project
I wore their MAGSTERS style when I jumped 5.72m and will be wearing the NOYZ style at the Olympic Trials. Seriously check em out! Also ASICS gave me a pair of spikes and a few other training clothes to see how I liked their gear a few weeks ago and LOVE their stuff, especially the spikes. They are the new Cyber Jump London edition and they are extremely comfortable. If you’re looking for a new pair, TRY THEM ON. You wont regret it. And as always, thanks to PowerBar for their products, my chiropractor TJ Hackler (KC Sports Docs), my massage therapist Beth Morford (Winning Touch Therapy), UCS Spirit for making awesome poles, Vault United for their continued support, Nevho Design for creating this website for me, and my family and fiancé Julia for being the best supporters I could ever imagine! Thank you all for your support this year!! I put some pics at the bottom of this post and here’s the link to the video of my 5.72m vault: 5.72m at Wichita Riverfest
Now on to my Olympic Trials Preview:
Right now I am in the sky, flying to the 2nd greatest track and firld competition on the planet – The U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon to pole vault at Historic Hayward Field for a chance at fulfilling one of my all-time biggest goals. Since I knew about the Olympics, I wanted to compete in them. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to compete in at that time but now thousands of people around this world know what I would compete in… The most dramatic and daring event in track and field – The Pole Vault. I have been preparing for this competition now for exactly 4 years. If you don’t know or don’t remember, I actually made the Trials finals in 2008 but couldn’t compete in the finals because I got a hamstring strain out of nowhere as I was warming up for the finals. I had to throw in the towel and scratch myself from the event. To this day that was still the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make in my career. My focus is on Monday at 5:30pm PT where I must qualify for the finals by being one of twelve competitors left during the competition. In 2008, 18′ made the final round. From there I will focus all of my energy on the vaulting technique and objectives I need to perform correctly in order to jump at my best possible capacity so I can make the Olympic Team that I fell short of in 2008.
On June 9th I jumped the highest bar of my life of 5.72m/18’9.25″ which is also the Olympic “A” Standard this year. To put it as simple as possible, you have to have jumped the A standard during the last year and place top 3 at the Olympic Trials in order to make the Olympic Team. And to simplify it even more (which is where my athletic mind works at its best) is that it is a 3 step process to make the team.
1. Jump 18’9.25″ during the year
2. Qualify for finals of Trials
3. Place top 3 at Trials
Well so far I have checked off 1 of 1 possible steps. I feel extremely healthy this time around and am jumping better than I ever have. The time is right. My body is ready. My mind is focused. If you’re with me, let’s go become an Olympian.