Gov. Livingston Pole Vaulter Brian Rubenstein Trains with World Champions

Brian Rubenstein (pictured left) with World Pole Vault Champion Shawn Barber from Canada. Credits: Rubenstein Family

RENO, NV - Gov. Livingston junior pole vaulter Brian Rubenstein recently had a unique opportunity to learn from the very best in the world at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. 

While at the Summit, "it was an incredible experience to meet the best in the world," said Rubenstein. "There was nothing greater than the energy that I felt being around people similar to myself." 

He witnessed World Pole Vault Champion Shawn Barber mark his lifetime best of 6.00 meters (19 feet 8.2 inches), which also set a Canadian best height record.  

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"I also witnessed the Japanese record of 5.77 meters (18 feet 11 inches) by Seito Yamamoto," Rubenstein said. 

The champions provided him with valuable information to improve performance. "They gave me a range of advice from strength to speed to technique," Rubenstein added.

USA Olympic Coach Kris Mack also helped Rubenstein with form and running dynamics. "The speed I gained just from form increased my vault instantaneously," he said, reaching his personal best of 13 feet.  

The experience of receiving advice from the best athletes in the World was immeasurable to Rubenstein.

"I loved representing my club, my town and my high school at such a world renowned meet," said Rubenstein. 

The weekend included motivational speeches from 1968 Gold Medalist Bob Seagren, meet host and Owner of USC Spirit Steve Chappell, and Hall of Famer and American record holder Scott Huffman.

Rubenstein competes with the Hudson Valley Flying Circus club team and is training with his sight set on placing at the State Meet of Champions and qualifying for the Nationals. He also hopes to pole vault in college if the opportunity arises. 

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