Adam Bragg Sets His Sights on Tokyo 2020

Pole vaulting is an event of highs and lows. By definition it is a simple game of physics but has an moment which precisely seems to defy it. Similar to the sport, Adam Bragg too has had his share of highs and lows and is now en route to potentially the biggest high of his career at the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics 2020. Adam is an illustrious American pole vaulter and a representative of the US Athletic Trust. With various achievements in his field, he has already established himself as one of the top pole vaulters in the world. He also won the bronze medal at the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Bragg however has not always aspired to be a pole vaulter. He started his athletics sports career via Trampoline and even represented the country at the age of 13 at the 2007 World Age Group Trampoline and Tumbling Championships in Canada. He was a varsity member of the track and field team at El Toro High School. It was only when he realized that he couldn’t compete collegiately in trampoline that he moved his attention towards pole vault. He started training with Victory Athletics in Southern California for the same. Adam later went on to attend Princeton University and was naturally drawn towards the track and field team there.

At Princeton, Adam broke the school’s indoor and outdoor records as well as a 23-year standing Ivy League record. After graduating from there in 2016, Adam’s complete focus has been on leaving no stone unturned while preparing for the forthcoming Olympics. He strongly believes that a 30cm (5%) improvement over his personal best mark can help him be in place for podium contention.

Sharing a lesson for aspiring pole vaulters and the wider audience as well, Adam says: “For pole vaulters, the sport is a test of your own belief in yourself. It is a fear-based event. In order to battle the fear you have to fill yourself with confidence. Not letting failures get in the way of your self-image is really important for pole vaulters. That lesson can be learned by people in general.”

Knowing all that he has achieved in the past years and his personal best records of 5.65m in outdoors and 5.53m in indoors, it is clear that Adam is cut above the rest and is clearly bound for glory and success in future. Here is hoping that Tokyo Olympics 2020 gives Adam Bragg many reasons to brag about.

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