Like Father, Like Daughter: The Pole Vaulting Duo of Jim & Julie Segroves

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) – The last time Jim Segroves found himself flying through the air was 43 years ago as a pole vaulter for East Texas State University. The 65-year-old is now making his return to the runway and as you can imagine, getting back in shape hasn’t been easy.

“Over a year ago, when I started training, I started running and sprinting to early before I lost enough weight and ended up tearing the meniscus in my knee,” Segroves told WLOX. “So that set me back about six months.”

So why suffer the pain of coming out of retirement? Motivation, to compete as well as getting the chance to teach the next generation, his daughter, Julie.

“When I was little, I would climb up walls because I would have a hallway in my house,” Julie said. “I would climb them all the time and I would do flips on my bed. That’s when my parents realized that I had the ability.”

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