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Pole Vaulting Blind
At the age of three months, Charlotte Brown was diagnosed with infant cataracts and by the time she was in sixth
grade, her good eye was deteriorated so much it was like looking through a coffee stirrer. In an interview with ESPNw,
Charlotte joked that her left eye was only, “there for decoration.” Growing up with brothers active in a variety of sports,
Charlotte tried them all, eventually choosing track. She competed in the 200 meters and the 4x400, using her limited
vision discerned the grass infield from the track to stay in her lane. But her vision grew even worse in her sophomore
year, so she decided to deemphasize running events and had concentrated on pole vaulting.
Pole vaulting blind? After her parents expressed concern about her safety, the sixteen-year-old explained her
idea of using a series of beepers down the runway and one in the box where she plants her pole. Her coaches are
also allowed to stand near the runway and guide her by whistling to keep (8) her in line; and when to start the vault.
When her father expressed concern about her under-planting and landing on the concrete, he said in the same
interview, “But then she told me, ‘Dad, if you’re twelve, thirteen feet in the air and falling through the sky and
something goes wrong, good vision will not save you.’”
On May 9, 2014 the blind Emory Rains High School junior was slated to compete in the Texas Class 3A state track
meet. The previous year, as a sophomore, she had finished eighth at the state meet with a jump of ten feet, six inches.
During the season she had vaulted a personal best of over twelve foot in practice, and finished second in the
regionals with a vault of 11 feet, 3 inches.
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Her coaches are also allowed to stand near the runway and guide her by whistling to keep (8) her in line; and when to start the vault.