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  • #16
    Re: Fiberglass trivia

    Thanks for the background, oldvaulter. Fascinating stuff.

    I remember watching Claus Schiprowski on TV at the Mexico games. Whereas Seagren and Nordwig had classic technique with a pike at the top, Claus was literally being thrown over the bar, barely in control of the situation. That was the first time I saw somebody really using the catapult action of the pole to clear a high height. He had a very powerful plant and 'used' the pole more than anyone I've seen since (possible exception: LoJo).

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    • #17
      Re: Fiberglass trivia

      Thank you Oldvaulter for your insights.
      I have an old pictures series of Warmerdam from take-off thru bar clearance and he illustrates excactly what you said about hands together at take-off on the old, stiff poles.

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      • #18
        Re: Fiberglass trivia

        Aubrey Dooley was my cousin and he was absolutely the very first to use the fiberglass pole.I remember seeing people scream because they thought it would break as all the other vaulters were using the metal pole. He learned to use the pole as a freshman at O.U.

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