Pole Vaulting

Contest Info

  • Started: 8/31/2012 06:00
  • Ended: 9/4/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 24
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Pole Vaulting
Contest Directions: This Friday we continue our freaking experiment with provided source images.
Photoshop this image of pole vaulting (image credit: Andrew Smith) any way you wish. Some examples are - make this pole vaulter woman jump over unusual obstacles, swapping the pole for some other sports tool, using this pole vaulting image in movies, paintings, etc. These are just some ideas.

Contest Info

    • Started: 8/31/2012 06:00
    • Ended: 9/4/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 24
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
24 pictures
  • Girl Walking in the Park at Night

    Girl Walking in the Park at Night
  • John McCain the Magician Levitating Sarah Palin

    John McCain the Magician Levitating Sarah Palin
  • Pole Dancer at the Club

    Pole Dancer at the Club
  • Teddy Bear Suicide

    Teddy Bear Suicide
  • Pole Vaulting Escape From Alcatraz

    Pole Vaulting Escape From Alcatraz
  • Mitt Romney Pole Vaulting Over Sheep

    Mitt Romney Pole Vaulting Over Sheep
  • Bats Hanging From a Pole Vaulting Jump

    Bats Hanging From a Pole Vaulting Jump
  • Woman Visiting Some Sexy Firemen

    Woman Visiting Some Sexy Firemen
  • Man Pole Vaulting Into a River

    Man Pole Vaulting Into a River
  • Pole Vaulting in a Spherical Mirror

    Pole Vaulting in a Spherical Mirror
24 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Pole vaulting is a sports event related to a technical type of vertical leaps, associated with track and field athletics. It requires jumping abilities, sprinting qualities and coordination of movement from the sportsmen. Men's pole vault is an Olympic sport since the first Summer Olympic Games in 1896 and for women - from the year 2000 in the Sydney Olympic Games. It is a part of the track and field all-round events. Rules: Pole vault competitions are conducted in sections, equipped with a bar on stands and pits, placed for landing. Sportsman can make three attempts at each height in the preliminary stage and in the final. During competition, increasing the bar height is determined by the judges but it cannot be less than 5 cm. Usually at small heights, the bar is lifted with 10-15 cm pitch and then the pitch is adjusted to 5 cm. The distance between the bar standards is 4.5 meters. The dimensions of the pits (landing place) are 6 x 6 (5 x 5 for regional competitions) meters The take off track length is no less than 40m while the track width is 1.22 meters. The attempt is a miss if: * Bar comes off from the stands as a result of vaulting; * Athlete touched the surface of the sector including the landing pad, located behind the vertical plane, passing through the farther edge of the box for resting with any part of the body of the pole; * If the sportsman makes an attempt to hold the bar from falling during his leap. The judge signals the successful attempt by raising the white flag. If the bar falls from the stands after raising the white flag, then it does not make any difference as the attempt is already considered valid. If the pole gets damaged while making an attempt, then the sportsman has the right to complete the attempt once again. Tactics: Overcoming the height and making the attempts is the main tactical method of the competition. In case of an unsuccessful attempt at a certain height, then the typical method is to make two subsequent attempts count at the next height. History: 19th Century: 1890-1900: Since immemorial times, the pole was constantly used by man for overcoming natural obstacles. Pole vault competitions were conducted in Ancient Greece and also by Celtics and inhabitants of Ancient Crete. But only in the 19th century was it used as sports gear for overcoming a bar. The high jump competition was conducted in the UK in 1886. Further, it is possible to distinguish three stages in the history of pole vaulting, associated with the progress in the manufacturing technology of the gear. Wooden pole: Marc Wright, with 4.02 meter mark, was the first person in the history to have crossed the 4m mark on June 8, 1912 &and since then, the world records have been maintained. During those times, sportsmen used wooden, inflexible poles, made from hard wood (beech, cedar). Later on, athletes started using bamboo poles, which were much lighter and flexible. Individually, the pole selection for an athlete was a skill, when it was required to go through hundreds of wooden poles. Often, such poles broke down since the characteristics depended on climatic conditions, and served a maximum of two years and were very uncomfortable. Surpassing the technique of the bar in ancient days was different from the modern technique. After a jerk with the pole, the athlete remained suspended and with a powerful swing, he moved his body over the bar and released the inflexible pole only after completely surpassing the bar. The world record using a wooden pole was achieved in 1942 by American Cornelius Warmerdam, who reached the 4.77 meter mark. Metallic pole: Swedish athletes demonstrated the metallic poles for the first time in the 1946 European Championship. They were somewhat more convenient to use than the wooden poles but it took a very long to beat the world record. Robert Richards a famous American track and field athlete and priest, who was called the "Pole Vaulting Parson", won two Olympic medals using metallic poles: in Helsinki (1952) - 4.55 meters and in Melbourne (1956) - 4.56 meters. Only 1957, Robert Gutowski beat the record held by Cornelius Warmerdam by 1 cm. As a result, 4.80 meters remained the upper limit for metallic poles. This record was achieved by Don Bragg in 1960. Flexible pole: Samples of flexible poles, which brought the revolution to this discipline were used for the first time during the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. For the last 34 years of using flexible poles, world record rose from 4.80m to 6.14 meters. Fibreglass poles are flexible by accumulating the kinetic energy of the sportsmen. It is accepted to graduate the poles with respect to length by the manufacturers (gripping height on the pole) and the weight of the vaulter, for instance, the pole length is 4.9 meters (grasping place - 4.5m) for the vaulter's weight from 75 to 80 kg. The pole becomes more inflexible with an increase in weight of the vaulter. Manufacturers manufacture poles of any length and individually for high class athletes. However, the use of longer poles does not indicate that it is possible to make a much higher leap. In case of an incorrect selection and improper use, a pole can crack and cause injuries to the athlete. Athletes often use special compounds for ensuring friction and reliable grasping of the poles with the palms. Interesting fact: In 1904, Japanese Sawano Funi, who was appearing for the first time in the Summer Olympic Games, took part in the pole vaulting competition. Sawano Funi considered that the main purpose of this sport is to climb the pole and jump over the bar. As a result, amendments were incorporated in the rules and now, athletes are banned from holding the pole with their arms.

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