I won it, at least five million times. Men who were stronger, bigger and faster than I was could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, and never made the feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground and get over the bar.
The "Vaulting Vicar" as he was known in his competitive days, the Rev. Robert Eugene "Bob" Richards (born February 20, 1926, Champaign, Ill.) was a versatile athlete who made three Olympic teams in two events. He competed in the 1948, 1952, and 1956 Summer Olympics as a pole vaulter, and also was a decathlete in 1956.