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Skateboarding pole vault needs to be a part of the next Olympics

February 26, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics just ended, but while the festivities were wrapping up in PyeongChang, a potential new sport was thrust into the limelight. Introducing skateboarding pole vault. And yes, it's as awesome as it sounds.

Thanks to Deadspin for unearthing this gem from this weekend's All-Star Perch pole vaulting competition. Admittedly, we were unaware of such a competition. In fact, we were unaware that there were even specialized pole vault competitions. Rock on, pole vaulting. Anyway, enjoy:

As you can see, French pole vaulter Baptiste Boirie (easily) cleared the bar at 5.9 meters. That's 19.357 feet to us dumb Americans who haven't converted to the Metric System yet. And that's pretty close to the actual pole vault world record of 6.16 meters, which is held by another Frenchman, Renaud Lavillenie, who won gold in the event at the 2012 Olympics in London.

Make that, the "standard" event of pole vaulting. We hope this new version of the event can be added before the 2020 games. And if it does, we're declaring Baptiste the clear favorite.