Pole Position

Turns out Olympic pole-vaulting is not as easy as it looks

It's likely that i'm an awful athlete because of genetics, laziness and a complete lack of interest in athletics. But it's also possible that I've just never found my sport. For all I know, I might be a natural at luge, buzkashi or any of the sports involving balls. So I decided to go to the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, Calif., to give pole-vaulting a shot. It looked like it might not require too much skill, assuming the pole has batteries and works like other carnival rides.

Having neither a pole nor anything to vault over, I persuaded Brad...

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