The Patriotic Reason an American Pole Vaulter Cuts Short His Practice Run Is Going Viral

Sam Kendricks isn’t just a medal-winning pole vaulter for Team USA, he’s also a second lieutenant in the Army Reserve, serving with the 655th Transportation Company in Millington, Tennessee.

So it likely comes as no surprise that as Kendricks was right in the middle of a practice run during qualifications last Saturday, something caused him to stop as he neared the bar and landing pad.

It was the sound of “The Star-Spangled Banner” over the loudspeakers.

Upon hearing his country’s national anthem, Kendricks stopped his run, dropped his pole and stood at attention.


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