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    Re: Skipper vs. Carrigan

    The late Art Skipper was his older brother.

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  • miles
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    I think he was drafted by the Padre's ( like the 32nd round or something) but not by the Giants. I don't think he has even played baseball since he was a little kid so I guessed the Padre's were just taking a flyer to see if he was interested. Also I think Art Skipper was a cousin or Uncle but not his brother. Maybe someone else from Oregon would know for sure. Anyway I'm looking forward to seeing him vault at Hayward field for a few years if his grades are good enough to get into Oregon.

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  • vaulter83
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    Actually he works as a firefighter in California right now. He said himself in an article I read that in college he let himself get caught up a little bit and wasn't very focused. Going from Orting, WA to Palo Alto in the 60s would have a been a HUGE difference. Maybe would have done better if he hadn't gone to Stanford. Tried to make a comeback after college with the PCC but I think he got hurt again.

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  • gh
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    It's no coincidence that in his days with the Pacific Coast Club he was known as "Spacy Casey." Last I heard (20-odd years ago) he had gotten religion and moved to Hawaii.

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    Has any high school kid ever had the balls to open at 17-1, like Skipper did at GWI? Let me rephrase that: has anyone ever had.... and been successful?

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  • tafnut
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    I was on the Stanford team when Carrigan was (as a very minor player), and he had other priorities than track. It was the height of the hippie days in the San Francisco area, and I remember he didn't look or act like any elite athlete I had ever seen. He was still an amazing athlete, though.

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  • polevaultpower
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    >Casey Carrigan was an amazing vault prodigy. He
    >was the first high schooler over 17', and he did
    >that in his junior year (1968), the same year he
    >made the Olympic team.

    Actually he jumped 17' in September of 1968, so it was considered his senior year.

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  • polevaultpower
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    Skipper vs. Carrigan

    How high would Tommy have to vault to be as amazing as Casey Carrigan was in 68-69?

    Carrigan competed in the Mexico Olympics fall of his senior year. He had a great shot at medaling, but got screwed over by an old rule that said if the pole went under the bar it was a miss (the rule was changed shortly thereafter).

    Carrigan also made attempts at World Records while in high school.

    The biggest thing against Carrigan is that the event was rapidly evolving at that time because fiberglass poles were so new. But 17-4.75 is still an extraordinary mark by a high schooler!

    I am going to say 19' on the old pegs or 18'9" on the new ones for Tommy would put him in that amazing range. But that is just my opinion. Carrigan is my all time vault hero, so I may be a bit biased.
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