Club Altius Season's Greeter Gets a visit from 2 PV Legends
Club Altius Season's Greeter Meet was a great success with over 300 vaulters and spectators watching athetes from at least 3 states jump their first indoor meet of the season in Granbury Texas.
Meet Hosted by Club Altius Van Weygant and Paul Richards co sponsored by Altius International http://www.altiuspoles.com
Of the many spectators Pole Vault Legends Bob Richards and Carl Erickson attended the meet to watch athletes enjoy the pole vault event!
Bob Richards Former 2 time Olympic Gold Medalist 3-time medalist in the Pole Vault Event!.
The Rev. Robert "Bob" Eugene Richards (born February 20, 1926, in Champaign, Illinois), known as the "Vaulting Vicar" or the "Pole Vaulting Parson" in his competitive days, was a versatile athlete who made three Olympic teams in two events. He competed in the 1948, 1952, and 1956 Summer Olympics as a pole vaulter, and also was a decathlete in 1956.
He was the second man to pole vault 15 ft (4.6 m), and is the only two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the pole vault (1952 and 1956), with a bronze medal in 1948. He also was 13th in the 1956 decathlon. While a student at the University of Illinois, Richards tied for the national collegiate pole vault title and followed that with 20 national Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) titles, including 17 in the pole vault.
He and his wife now operate the Olympian Ranch in Gordon, Texas, breeding miniature horses. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Richards
Carl Erickson former track coach for Baylor and Texas Universities.
Has coach many High School and college Athetes over the years. Has produced and assited many potential Olympians in the pole vault event!
Jim Davis, Bill Payne, etc
Currently host camps in Jacksonville Tx at the Altius pole Factory where he and his son Jeff Erickson produce vaulting poles!
Carl has been a major influence in the pole vault for many years!