Here is a look at the “absolute” world record progression since 1960.
Last night Bear and I stayed up to watch the Men’s Pole Vaulting event, where Brazil’s Thiago Braz da Silva and France’s Renaud Lavillenie battled it out in a terrific competition. Lavillenie is the current world record holder, which got me to wondering what the progression of record-breaking vaults would look like over time. So, here is a simple thing, made this morning, to solve that curiositousness.
I liked pole vaulting in high school. I was too wild to do it well, but I still get sweaty palms when I watch the pros.
When my dad was a boy, he loved the sport of pole vaulting. His time was right at the end of the “straight pole” era, before advances in fiberglass allowed for spring-loaded techniques. He considers that the purer form of the sport. His mom, for worry that he would get injured, wouldn’t let him go out for the track team. So Burt set up a pole vaulting pit in the back yard and used a carpet tube as his pole.
I like pole vaulting because he liked pole vaulting. And he let me try it out. I think a lot of what interests and motivates me starts as a seed of trying to understand someone I love and admire. Then, sometimes, that motivation becomes my own.
It’s the same with maps, when I think about it.