If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pole vault, reporters Ashleigh Culpepper and Sarah Douglass found a unique way to show you. They asked Sam Kendricks to wear Google Glass – watching it may be the closest you ever come to soaring like Sam.
By his senior year at the University of Mississippi, Oxford native Sam Kendricks had racked up a list of accomplishments most won’t achieve in a lifetime.
After winning pole vault competitions in the SEC, NCAA and beyond, Kendricks decided to trade in his Ole Miss uniform for the next best thing — the USA uniform.
“I certainly want to be able to travel the world, compete at the highest levels against these guys I know I can compete against and compete for my country, perhaps the World Championship of 2015,” Kendricks said.
Kendricks is also training for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and says his time at Ole Miss helped prepare him.
“Things you do in the NCAA collegiate athletics — they prepare you at this high level competition to make that next step,” Kendricks said, “And for guys like me who have been training years without large breaks at all, that step seems a little smaller than for most people.”
Kendricks feels his greatest accomplishment thus far was winning the USA title..
“It was just me, it was just my coach, and we set out with a goal, and that goal was to win and we accomplished that. Simple as that,” Kendricks said.
Kendricks is the first person in Ole Miss history to win a USA pole vault title. He says no matter the miles traveled and competitions completed, Kendricks feels comfort knowing there’s a support system behind him back home.
“Now not being able to consider myself directly as an Ole Miss athlete it’s hard, and it was a hard part of my decision to make the transition, but it was time, and I’ll always be a Rebel, so I have that to fall back on,” said Kendricks.
Kendricks is expected to graduate in Ole Miss with a general studies degree, and he’s also on track to become an officer, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.
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