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Is it really already August? This year is going by so fast! But what’s exciting about this August is the Rio Olympic Games. They’re finally here!
This month’s magazine is full of all six USA Olympians who will be competing in Rio. All six of them have a quick story talking about their Road to Rio journey and how they competed the day of the Olympic Trials final.
Jenn Suhr and Sam Kendricks, the two first place finishers, are the best two to lead the pole vault team to success in Rio. Cale Simmons, Logan Cunningham, Sandi Morris, and Lexi Weeks are all incredible pole vaulters who no doubt will be tough competition.
Be sure to read each one of their stories and show them your support. Don’t forget to follow them on their social media pages to keep up with their journey in Rio.
Men’s qualifying round in Rio is Day 2, Saturday the 13th in the evening. The competition starts at 8:20pm. The men’s final will be that following Monday the 15th, Day 4, at 8:35pm.
Women’s qualifying round is Day 5, Tuesday the 16 at 9:45 in the morning. The finals will be the following Friday, Day 8, at 8:30 in the evening.
Also, the pole vault for the Decathlon will be Day 7, Thursday the 18th at 1:25 in the afternoon if you are interested in watching Ashton Eaton compete. The timetable showing all the events is on the IAAF website for you to download.
We also have a new writer for the magazine. Robert Andrews is a Sports Injury Specialist and Performance Consultant at the Institute of Sports Performance in Houston, Texas. Robert has worked with athletes from all over the world. He has worked with pole vaulters, volleyball players, baseball players, the list goes on! He coached athletes who competed in the London Olympics and was lucky enough to travel with them to the Games. He currently works with Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez, two of our USA women gymnasts competing for Team USA in Rio, to name a couple. This month is the first article of Robert’s series, and he has written about run-throughs. Robert is very familiar with pole vaulters who can’t stop running through. He actually helped a girl, who had been running through for nine years, figure out what the cause of her run-throughs was and get off the ground. Can you imagine getting stuck in a run-through rut for nine years? Robert is very knowledgeable and breaks everything down so you can understand what exactly your mind and body are doing when you run-through and don’t know why. His articles will be worth every second of your time. Enjoy!
We hope everyone enjoys the Olympics! If you’re lucky enough to be in Rio for the Games, please share pictures for all of us to see! Enjoy the August weather and good luck at any meets you will be competing in! Until next month, fly high!

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