Saturday, January 29, 2011

2011 Pole Vault Summit

I had the opportunity to attend the elite pole vaulters competition at the 2011 Pole Vault Summit in Reno last night. My son will be participating today. We arrived a little late, so the grandstands closest to the tallest standards were filled. This is the same place where I go to see horse shows.

I ended up sitting across the arena trying to take pictures with my 300mm telephoto lens. Because it was indoors, I had to jack up the ISO just to be able to set my camera to the speed of 1/250th of a second to freeze the action, and then I had to process out the noise later. I purposefully underexposed most of the shots to adjust for more speed, and then processed in a lighter exposure later. Here are some of my favorite photos from the evening.  This one illustrates just how high these men and women were jumping.  When we left, they were jumping 18 feet.  From my angle, they appear to be jumping higher than the grandstands...

I love this shot, because she is kicking out the pole.  Not a good thing, but it made for an interesting photograph...

It's amazing how much bend they get on the pole on their way up...

You can see there is a definite form or positioning of their body that they aim for to reach optimum propulsion...

Love this guy's helmet.  Nice clearance of the bar too...

These two were having a blast shooting free T-shirts into the audience...

Where's Waldo?

Flying high...

I love how they began celebrating before they even hit the ground...

If this isn't testament to the fact that you need massive muscles to do this sport, I don't know what is...

The vaulters liked to encourage the audience to cheer them on...

The audience joined in with cheers and clapping faster and faster as they ran up the runway...

There was a lot of coaching going on...

It was tough capturing them in mid-run, because these athletes were fast...

On top of the world...

I'm thinking I need to train my horses to drag a little mini pole vault pit around when I ride, so next time I fall a whole 6-feet off a horse, I won't break anymore bones.  These guys and gals were doing gymnastics during their landings.  It was a fun and entertaining event for all.

5 comments:

Pole Vault said...

You just have to love this track and field event! Yes, it is amazing how the vaulters celebrate in mid-air before they even hit the ground!

Jeni said...

great pictures NM !! Good luck to your son =)

Rising Rainbow said...

I love watching pole vaulters for some reason. Great pics.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Yeah, I was just thinking the same thing. And these vaulters purposefully vault themselves into the air, just so they can fall.
And we horse folks try to always stay firmly in the saddle.

You captured some nice actions stills. Who knew vaulting could be so exciting and interesting?

~Lisa


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achieve1dream said...

That is soo cool!! I too like the one where she's celebrating before she even landed. :D Very cool!