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(The New York Times)   How do pole vaulters travel with their gigantic poles? (w/amusing, "I have an idea" pic]   (nytimes.com) divider line 27
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2012-07-01 02:14:38 AM
Anytime I hear someone say "I have an idea" I immediately want to kill them because know that it will not end well.
 
2012-07-01 07:47:14 AM
pole vaulter's problems
 
2012-07-01 11:42:38 AM
They don't shrink down when they aren't using them?
 
2012-07-01 12:18:37 PM

cretinbob: They don't shrink down when they aren't using them?


They usually break down like this:

cn1.kaboodle.com

then the elastic band holds it together when you're using it.
 
2012-07-01 12:36:38 PM
I always just assumed that the polls were all identical and provided by the competition. It never occurred to me that they would even bother bringing their own.
 
2012-07-01 12:41:41 PM
In high school, I would get two towels, wrap the pole tube in spots 4 feet apart and roll them up in my car windows. Worked like a charm.
 
2012-07-01 12:42:38 PM
olympicgirls.net

i thought that they weren't as big or as stiff when the vaulters weren't using them...

/i can't quite find the joke, but it's there.
 
2012-07-01 12:51:41 PM

NewportBarGuy: Anytime I hear someone say "I have an idea" I immediately want to kill them because know that it will not end well.


"I have an idea. Hold my beer for sec."
 
2012-07-01 12:56:54 PM
Please don't link to sites that require registration, submitter.
 
2012-07-01 12:58:15 PM
I can't track it down right now, but there's a recent story about the fun of travelling with fencing sabers and epees. I think one person said they always just say "sports equipment" when checking them because the TSA gets goofy about them even through they're so obviously not weapons.
 
2012-07-01 01:01:51 PM

A Fark Handle: [olympicgirls.net image 275x400]

i thought that they weren't as big or as stiff when the vaulters weren't using them...

/i can't quite find the joke, but it's there.


Every time I see that pic now I just get disappointed :(
 
2012-07-01 01:18:20 PM
"The hardest is when other athletes complain. The sprinters have a gripe? Do you know what I wouldn't give just to be able to throw my spikes in a bag and go?"

Choosing an event other than pole vault, apparently.
 
2012-07-01 01:30:27 PM
I fold mine up and pack it in a garment bag. I tell the TSA people, "don't open that one or you'll be sorry."

That reminds me, I have a tuba shipping trunk in my garage because I can't get it into any other part of the house. Free tuba trunk. What are you going to do?
 
2012-07-01 01:33:41 PM
www.cineol.net

/oblig
 
2012-07-01 01:39:39 PM
I usually just ride coach.
 
2012-07-01 01:44:42 PM
Mary Saxer went to the same high school I did (not at the same time). She was a state champion pole vaulter and long jumper.

www.tullyrunners.com

She's probably the second-most famous athlete from my high school after Pat Dobson. She just barely missed making it to the Olympics; she finished tied for third at the Olympic trials, but lost the tiebreaker.
 
2012-07-01 01:51:54 PM

FabulousFreep: I usually just ride coach.


not a great solution for younger vaulters.
 
2012-07-01 02:15:46 PM

cretinbob: They don't shrink down when they aren't using them?


Shrinkage is precisely why nobody pole vaults in the pool.


/off to patent underwater pole vaulting
 
2012-07-01 03:53:57 PM

mycatisposter: In high school, I would get two towels, wrap the pole tube in spots 4 feet apart and roll them up in my car windows. Worked like a charm.


Professionals have much larger polls.
 
2012-07-01 04:36:06 PM

bacongood: mycatisposter: In high school, I would get two towels, wrap the pole tube in spots 4 feet apart and roll them up in my car windows. Worked like a charm.

Professionals have much larger polls.


Just like in the porn industry...
 
2012-07-01 08:43:05 PM

Tex Colorado the Arizona Assassin: Mary Saxer went to the same high school I did (not at the same time). She was a state champion pole vaulter and long jumper.

[www.tullyrunners.com image 300x451]

She's probably the second-most famous athlete from my high school after Pat Dobson. She just barely missed making it to the Olympics; she finished tied for third at the Olympic trials, but lost the tiebreaker.



Should have studied up on her mud- or Jello-wrestling
 
2012-07-01 08:53:47 PM
Buses and vans can fit poles ranging from 14 to 18 ft easily. I was a thrower and we always had to ride with them. I can't believe this is an article.
 
2012-07-01 09:52:52 PM

Tex Colorado the Arizona Assassin: Mary Saxer went to the same high school I did (not at the same time). She was a state champion pole vaulter and long jumper.

[www.tullyrunners.com image 300x451]

She's probably the second-most famous athlete from my high school after Pat Dobson. She just barely missed making it to the Olympics; she finished tied for third at the Olympic trials, but lost the tiebreaker.


And she lost to another girl from Western, NY Jenn Suhr. Those girls from Western, NY sure can handle a pole.
 
2012-07-01 11:24:17 PM

Tex Colorado the Arizona Assassin: Mary Saxer went to the same high school I did (not at the same time). She was a state champion pole vaulter and long jumper.



She's probably the second-most famous athlete from my high school after Pat Dobson. She just barely missed making it to the Olympics; she finished tied for third at the Olympic trials, but lost the tiebreaker.


Why did you tell us that?
 
2012-07-02 12:20:57 AM
Pole vaulter girls have nice bodies.
 
2012-07-02 08:17:08 AM

TheLopper: Pole vaulter girls have nice bodies.


i'm still on the athletic blonde in the bug pic. mmmmm, there's a weekend.
 
2012-07-02 12:25:27 PM
First, they have a point about the airlines not having concrete policies in place, and about airline employees not knowing what's what.

Second, this Hollis fellow sounds like a whiny little biatch.
 
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