Well I am a week late, but what kind of blogger would I be without a New Years Post?!
This year I decided to recap my top three favorite places I competed in 2012! What an exciting year, being that it was an Olympic year, to have finished out my first full season back in the sport! I had so many amazing opportunities to jump in wonderful meets and great venues; however if I have to choose only three I would narrow them down to these…
3. The National Pole Vault Summit
Every year there is an event in Reno, Nevada called The National Pole Vault Summit where over a 1,000 vaulters from all over the country come together for an amazing weekend of learning and competing. Whether beginner or elite, male or female, 10 years old or 80; there is a competition for everyone. Last year I had the privilege to shadow the nations elite vaulters, and room with none other than Melinda Owen who spent last year training at the US Olympic Training Center. The experience was unforgettable and one that will continue to encourage and inspire me to train and compete at my highest potential. In about 10 days time I am headed there once again to learn and compete, sincerely being the best way to start out a new season, and I am looking forward to hearing from the world’s best vaulters! (Oh and jump high of course!)
2. Olympic Training Center
Last June, at the end of a very successful season, I had the opportunity to spend two weeks competing at various competitions in southern California, two of which were at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista! Let me tell you, there is not much more intimidating, yet totally exhilarating, than competing alongside the nations best vaulters when you are a beginner. But just as Summit inspired me to compete at my highest levels, so did the training center. Another incredible aspect added to the opportunity was the chance to have Stacy Dragila (our nation’s first female gold medalist in the vault) watch and coach me through the jumps. I will never forget the few jumps I got to take in front of her!
1. Mt. SAC Relays
This meet made it to my top spot partly because it was the first time I jumped my PR of 4.10 and who doesn’t love a track that you PR at! But it also became one of my favorite meets because the atmosphere of high school, college, US, and international competition. There were 4 sections of women’s pole vault alone! I was fortunate enough to be placed in a section alongside my alma mater University of Hawaii girls, and be coached through the meet by Spencer Chang. I am looking forward to heading back down south for the Mt. SAC Relays in April, hopefully with another PR!