Posted by: 4pack | August 14, 2008

U.S. Olympic Pole Vaulter Jeff Hartwig: 40-Year Old Oggie Defying Gravity

JEFF HARTWIG IS ANOTHER 40 YEAR OLD OLYMPIC OGGIE WHO HAS PUSHED THE ATHLETIC BARRIERS…Just shy of his 41st birthday, Jeff is one of the three U.S. pole vault athletes competing in Beijing. He vaulted 18 feet, eight inches to become the oldest American to qualify for the Olympic team in his event. Hartwig finished 11th at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and went on to set the American record in 1998 at 19 feet, 9 1/4 inches.

40-Year Old Olympic Oggie Jeff Hartwig Clearing 19 Feet Achieving Ideal Shape

40-Year Old Olympic Oggie Jeff Hartwig Clearing 19 Feet Achieving Ideal Shape

FROM AN LA TIME BLOG, HERE IS SOME BACKGROUND:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/olympics_blog/2008/08/hartwig-a-kid-a.html

“Hartwig’s appreciation for the whole experience undoubtedly was heightened by missing the 2000 and 2004 Olympics despite coming into the U.S. trials as the record-holder. Both times, he had failed to clear a height in the qualifying round.

“Had I made those teams, who knows whether I would be here now,” Hartwig said at the 2008 Olympic trials. “This one doesn’t make up for those other years, those other teams, but at the same time, I feel very fortunate.” 

AS A 40 YEAR OLD OLYMPIC OGGIE, CHIROPRACTORS HAVE BECOME VERY IMPORTANT TO HIS TRAINING:

“Chiropractic fulfills a niche need, not only by treating injuries but also by aiding in recovery and positively impacting athletic performance,” said Forcum. “Chiropractors promote active care and treatment with a commitment to healthy progression and rehabilitation.”

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