Tim Mack - Pole Vaulter

2004 Olympic Gold Medalist

In Athens, Greece in 2004, I jumped 19'6 1/4"(5.95m) for Olympic Gold. The jump was for an Olympic Record, a personal best and I cleared it on my 3rd attempt. You can see the jump in the below videos.

I am originally from Westlake, Ohio. I went to Malone University in Canton, Ohio, then transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. I currently reside in Westlake, Ohio and coach in Knoxville, TN.


Above & Beyond

Tim Mack, the Pole Vault, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

Two Olympic medalists were recognized at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, days before Christmas 2004. One was the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, the “Chosen One” of the NBA. He had a bronze medal from the Athens games that summer. The other was a Cleveland homeboy too, a gold medalist who had flown higher than anyone before on the Olympic stage. Hardly anyone knew his name. He was Tim Mack.

Speaking Engagements

Tim tells of his four-year journey leading up to winning the Olympic Games in 2004. He gives the audience detailed accounts of what laid the foundation for success in his early years through college. Through the vessel of being a pole-vaulter, Tim gives the audience a first-hand account of how he transformed himself, in that time, and what it really means to work hard, be determined, and have a relentless will.

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“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” - Pericles