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ClintonMagus
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First a bit of background - A friend and I have an indoor pole vault practice facility in our town. It's not fancy, but it is available for local athletes to practice during the winter or in inclement weather.

Tonight I got a call from someone who said "I am looking for a track facility where I can work out. I am trying to get to the 2016 Olympics in Rio."

"Our facility is strictly pole vault, but there is a local track club you could check with."

"I called them and left a message, but I haven't heard anything back yet."

"I have the phone number for someone who can probably help you. I will send it to you."

"Thanks. I really appreciate it."

"You're welcome. By the way, what events do you run?"

"Oh, I've never run track in my life."
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Your guy is probably nuts. Smile

But Donovan Bailey started competing as a 100 m sprinter part-time in 1991, only took it up seriously in 1994 (previously he had a day job as a stock broker), broke the indoor 50 m world record in 1995, and set the 100 m world record at the 1996 Olympics.

I read somewhere a long time ago that Donovan watched the Olympic track and field events in 1992 on television, figured he could do better, and so he did.
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The niners had a player in their great years who was a walk on and never played beyond highschool and worked as a chimney repairer. He played a few years then retired. Why not some guy or gal who happens to be gifted?

My highschool sucked at sports and watching the pole vault tryouts were great fun. I think one person hit the spot and almost took his head off
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Shane Healy was 22 and had never run when someone challenged him to run a mile. He did it in 4 minutes 52 seconds. Ten months later his time was down to 4.01. He qualified for the Olympics for Ireland. I would not dismiss a man who wanted to go to Rio. He might be the real deal.
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On 2012-08-08 22:23, ClintonMagus wrote:


"Oh, I've never run track in my life."


Any chance his name was Forrest Gump?
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ClintonMagus
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On 2012-08-10 19:36, Michael Baker wrote:
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On 2012-08-08 22:23, ClintonMagus wrote:


"Oh, I've never run track in my life."


Any chance his name was Forrest Gump?


It was a lady, so probably not... Smile
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