This Is Pole Vaulting Inside A Shopping Mall

Such a Hot Topic right now, you guys. Sears-iously.

1. Drake Relays Pole Vault in the Mall is really held in a shopping mall.

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2. It’s the only event of its kind. The venue: Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa.

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3. It’s super legit. This is Renaud Lavillenie, gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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4. …And this is Bjorn Otto, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist. (Not a J. Crew model, that we know of.)

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5. Otto won the men’s “Mall Vault” with a height of 5.8m. That’s just over 19’.

Watch it happen.

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6. Yarisley Silva, 2012 Olympic silver medalist, won the women’s division with a personal best of 4.82m.

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7. But the real winners are the fans. How often can you watch pole vaulting from ABOVE the athlete?

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8. And it’s totally free to attend. (Those kids are like, “AHHHH GOLD MEDALIST!”)

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9. It’s so crazy awesome I can’t even.

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10. One night you’re just heading toward Williams-Sonoma and you’re like…

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11. Jordan Scott, 2013 USA Indoor Pole Vault champ, is all: “Hey, I can see Lane Bryant from here!”

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12. Mega-bonus: Huckleberry, the official world’s most beautiful bulldog, was in the crowd.

You may remember Huck from recent Buzzfeed fame. (Or HuffPo, Yahoo News, a radio station in Singapore, etc…) He won the 34th Annual Beautiful Bulldog Contest at Drake University on Monday.

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