Olympian Stops Run To Stand At Attention For National Anthem

U.S. pole vaulter Sam Kendricks was right in the middle of his competition, flying down the runway… until something more important than a medal stopped him in mid-stride.

When Kendricks heard the U.S. national anthem playing during his run, he immediately stopped, laid down his pole, and stood at attention until the song was finished. 

Kendricks, 23, is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve – one of 18 U.S. athletes in Rio who are also in the military.

MSN reported that Kendricks finished with a bronze medal thanks to a vault of 19 feet, 2 1/4 inches.

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“The Mississippi native became the first American to take home a medal in that event since Timothy Mack won gold in Athens in 2004. A two-time NCAA champion, he also is the first athlete from the University of Mississippi to win an Olympic medal.

Kendricks comes from a military family, as his father, Scott, served 10 years in the U.S. marines and is now his son’s coach in the pole vault.”

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