in the midst of pole vaulting to a then-world record of 5.03 meters during the 2008 Golden Gala in Rome. Isinbaeva, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, has since improved her record by .03 meters.
On Wednesday, I will be headed to Santa Cruz High to attempt to pole vault as part of my Lesser-Known Olympics series of columns. When I told two local high school pole vaulting studs — Hailey Fish of Soquel and Nicole Trenchard of PCS — at the CCS Trials last week that I was going to give it a go, they were ecstatic.
“In what other sport can you feel like you’re flying?” Trenchard asked.
Well, we’ll see about flying. Judging by my core strength, I’ll be luck to get more than a meter (roughly 3 feet) without breaking something — hopefully the pole, not the body. I’ll be sure to post back here on Wednesday to let you know how it goes. Then, stay tuned to our Outside section on Fridays for the full scoop, along with photos and video (Let’s be honest, it’s probably more like a blooper reel).
Wish me luck!