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Brad Walker article in Seattle Times 5/4/08


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  • Brad Walker article in Seattle Times 5/4/08

    Meet Brad Walker, Seattle's most anonymous superstar.

    He's a pro, but not a Sonic, a Mariner or a Seahawk. Unlike any of them, he's ranked No. 1 in the world in his sport: pole vaulting.

    He's the favorite for Olympic gold in Beijing this summer. He has won two world championships, including last year's title in Osaka, Japan.

    Walker has vaulted just 6 inches shy of his sport's Holy Grail, Sergei Bubka's 15-year-old record of 20 feet, 2 ½ inches.

    He was a two-time NCAA champion before graduating from Washington, where he still trains at the Dempsey Indoor facility, splitting his time there with a Stockton, Calif., club.

    Yet most residents of Mountlake Terrace, where Walker lives, and Seattle in general, don't have a clue a possible medalist is in their midst.

    "If people see him at a grocery store, he just looks like a guy in good shape," said Blake Bidleman of Bellevue, Microsoft analyst and former UW teammate. "You hear about some guy in Triple A [baseball] who gets called up for two games and everybody knows his name. Here, you've got a guy who's a gold-medal contender and nobody knows who it is."

    The complete story is at: ... tes04.html

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    That should change. He is soon to found out as he most likely drives the fastest car in Mountlake Terrace. Yes, he's sporting a Special Edition Porsche Cayman. 8)