Renaud Lavillenie, 1/4, 2013 Reno Pole Vault Summit,
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Renaud Lavillenie, 2/4, 2013 Reno Pole Vault Summit,
Renaud Lavillenie, 3/4, 2013 Reno Pole Vault Summit,
Renaud Lavillenie, 4/4, 2013 Reno Pole Vault Summit,
Renaud Lavillenie is the gold medalist from the 2012 London Olympics. He won a pole vault competition where he was challenged by the best vaulters in the world. In this day and age, the best male vaulting country is Germany, in terms of depth, consistency and technique.
Lavillenie is becoming a global superstar. He speaks fluent French and English, which gives him access to much of the world's media. He is savvy enough to know when and how to promote his main sponsor, Nike. Remember, after the 2011 Euro Indoors, when Lavillenie tied his shoes around his neck, with the French flag in the background? Lavillenie gets it.
Sports is entertainment.
Renaud Lavillenie competed in the US at the Reno US Pole Vault Summit. The US Pole Vault Summit, which was started around 1993, is the largest pole vault only event in the world. Lavillenie put himself in front of the next generation of American vaulters, coaches and vault fans.
This was a good thing for the vault in the US.