Top-Ranked Pole-Vaulter Eyes Olympic Gold

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Brad Walker clears the bar to set a new American pole vault record. i

Brad Walker clears the bar to set a new American pole vault record of 6.04 meters during the Prefontaine Classic on June 8, 2008 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images hide caption

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Brad Walker clears the bar to set a new American pole vault record.

Brad Walker clears the bar to set a new American pole vault record of 6.04 meters during the Prefontaine Classic on June 8, 2008 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

Pole-vaulters are risk-takers in the most technically challenging track and field event.

Brad Walker, the world's top-ranked pole-vaulter, stands out. He's put his life on hold in pursuit of a gold medal.

Tom Banse reports for member station KPLU.

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