Photo: Mary Saxer

This New York Times article is rather interesting. It talks about the sport of pole-vaulting, a certified Olympic spectacle, and the athletes that engage in the sport who often find themselves faced with nerve-wracking situations just to get their poles to competitions and meets. Airlines are inconsistent in their policies to allow these super-long sticks aboard planes (in check-in) and cars to and from locations are hardly ever prepared to balance the weight of these expensive poles. Somehow it gets done, but not without some serious strife.