Meet William Bell, the 90-Year-Old Pole Vaulter (Video)
Earl Bell is a former American Olympian. He held the world record for pole vaulting (19′ 0¼”) for one month in 1976, and he won a bronze medal in the event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Today, Earl is one of the top American pole vaulting coaches, operating a training facility in Bono, Arkansas, where he’s trained Olympians Derek Miles and Jeff Hartwig.
However, this article is not about Earl Bell. It’s about his father, Dr. William Bell, who, at the age of 90, is the world record holder in pole vault for his age group.
Of course, the world record for pole vaulting in his age group is only 7’2″.
What did you expect? The guy is 90 year old. Still, I’m not even half his age, and I seriously doubt I could pole vault even half that height. So you really have to hand it to the guy.
So how does he do it? By training three times a week at the aforementioned training facility in northeast Arkansas.
Check out the amazing video, courtesy of the BBC:
Whatever excuse you had lined up for not going to the gym after work today just got shot to hell, didn’t it?