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  • #16
    Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

    >Brian, you probably are right about weight, etc. for incoming freshman
    >athletes, but the conventional wisdom for incoming female non-athlete females
    >is just the opposite.... they speak of the " freshman 10" meaning that these
    >gals get away from home and start to live on burritos, cheeseburgers, etc. !

    No arguement. I thought I gave that a nod:
    >>Lots of **guys** lean out the first year of college.

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    • #17
      Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

      I was a volunteer at the 2002 USATF finals, and escorted one of the top-3 pole vaulters to their drug screen. Skipper stayed around long after the senior vault was finished and asked my athlete if there was anything he had seen in Skippers performance on which Skipper could improve. Skipper was hungry for help, willing to get feedback, and seemed committed to working those changes into his vaulting.

      I think we are looking at a young man who is driven by two things: simply improving his efforts to maximize his chances of being the best he can be (whether that means topping out at 5.75, 5.80, 5.85 or 6.00 ... who knows), and by the death of his brother, Art Skipper, a high school javelin record-holder (1988).

      He has passion. He has good coaching. He has desire. He - like all of our USA athletes - needs our support and positive critique.

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      • #18
        Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

        Well put, EPelle.

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        • #19
          Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

          I agree that Skipper is not likely to burn out anytime soon. Remember, he barely got to vault last year. He spent most of that fall working on his speed. He broke his thumb in what I believe was only his first or second meet of the year. He didn't get to start jumping until regionals that spring. The only meets I can think of that he jumped in outdoors were Regionals, State, WA-OR Meet of Champions, Golden West, and Clovis. There might have been one or two others, but my point is that he definitely did not overjump last year.

          I don't think he'll break any records this year. Whether or not he will in college I don't know. I think he has the potential, but it all comes down to staying healthy, taking care of himself, and some good luck.

          I am surprised Brad Walker's name has not been thrown in the mix of people who could threaten records. True, he only has this indoor season left to go after the NCAA record, but I definitely think he has the potential to go after the American Record in the next several years.

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          • #20
            Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

            Skipper jumped 5.70 today and went for 5.83.

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            • #21
              Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

              Actually it was 5.71.

              polevaultpower.com, but the results are at:

              http://www.broncosports.com/uploadedfil ... esults.pdf

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              • #22
                Re: U of O - Tommy Skipper

                Beat defending champ Brad Walker by a healthy 20cm on top of it.

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