Physics figures large in high jump. Converting horizontal energy into vertical energy, torque, angle, and center of mass. But the most important concept, the one that’s helped Chaunté Lowe make four Olympic teams and set the American record, is balance.
The three priestesses of the high jump—the American reps in Rio—are an unconventional and disparate bunch, whose ability to launch themselves over a 6'6" bar is almost less interesting than how they made it to the Olympics in the first place.
"We are Super Men," effused the very pumped Qatari high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim after an epic duel with Ukrainian world champion Bohdan Bondarenko at the June 14th IAAF Diamond League track meet in New York City.
Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov won gold with a leap of 2.38 meters today at Olympic Stadium, but not before a self-imposed wardrobe malfunction forced him to compete temporarily in a T-shirt.
Rough times for stalkers/twisted assholes. Not long after Jon Lovitz took to Twitter to expose bullying tween-aged anti-Semites, German Olympian Ariane Friedrich chose to out a man on Facebook for stalking her and sending her a picture of his "genitals," otherwise known as "penis and testicles."