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  • ronw2020
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    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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  • Per Andersen
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    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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  • tafnut
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    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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  • billthedog
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    I would have said Roubanis. I do remember a TFN piece about him pioneering with the glass pole. But maybe never in the NCAA meet.

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  • dj
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    >oldvaulter - while I got you here - can you explain to me how the early benders
    >figured out the over-the-head, push the bottom arm out to the left, ride that
    >baby to the sky, technique? It really was nothing ike the stiff pole vault
    >technique of the time. Trial and error? Serendipitous happenstance? Someone had
    >to come up with it first, like when Fosbury did his thing.

    This is even a better question than it might appear. Particularly because John Uelses was the first person to clear 16-feet, and probably got the most ink of the early fiberglass vaulters.

    But Uelses did it wrong! He had a reverse bend, in which the pole bent backwards toward the ground. He thrust with his upper arm and pulled with his lower arm. There's a very good photo sequence of him vaulting in a Sports Illustrated issue.

    I wonder how many young vaulters were screwed up thinking they must be doing things backwards to have the pole bending toward the pit.

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  • rhymans
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    Markhj's message reminded me of the Harry Carpenter line (Harry Carpenter was a BBC commentator on boxing (mainly) for years) at the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race (about 1987) when he noted that after the race the Cambrdge crew "very sportingly are kissing the Oxford cox"

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  • Pego
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    <context of "bender" being English slang for a raving homosexual!>

    One learns something new every day :-)
    Who says the message boards are not intellectually illuminating?

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  • tafnut
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    and people accuse ME of reading too much into stuff!

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  • marknhj
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    >can you explain to me how the early benders
    >figured out the over-the-head, push the bottom arm out to the left, ride that
    >baby to the sky, technique?

    Meaning no disrespect to you gentlemen and certainly not to this interesting thread, but try reading this in the context of "bender" being English slang for a raving homosexual! Never mind, "big bender". Jeeeezz, yesterday had to bite my tongue about MJD's, "You gotta love COC" and GH missing a 3-way...what is this site coming to?

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  • tafnut
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    oldvaulter - while I got you here - can you explain to me how the early benders figured out the over-the-head, push the bottom arm out to the left, ride that baby to the sky, technique? It really was nothing ike the stiff pole vault technique of the time. Trial and error? Serendipitous happenstance? Someone had to come up with it first, like when Fosbury did his thing.

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  • gh
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    Dang! There goes my Oly glass trivia question! (Mathias never vaulted in the NCAA)

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  • bf
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    Bob Mathias, at Stanford? He used one in the Olympics.

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  • gh
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    I have a citation for Dooley using glass in the '58 meet as a soph.

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  • rhymans
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    Garry - my guess would be Aubrey Dooley - I'm sure I saw a photo of him in '59 using fibreglass (but I could be wrong)

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  • gh
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    Don't have complete research materials available at the moment, but not sure Roubanis ever competed in the NCAA meet; if he did, wasn't in the first 8.

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