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Brian Sternberg

Brian Sternberg (June 21, 1943 - May 23, 2013)[1] is a former world record holder in the Men's pole vault. He set one of his records on May 25, 1963 in Modesto, California jumping 16 feet, 7 inches using a new technology fiberglass pole.[2] His final record of 5.08 m was set on June 7, 1963.[3]

He graduated in 1961 from Seattle's Shoreline High School. Sternberg won the 1963 NCAA pole vault title and broke the world record in the event twice.[3][4]

Five weeks after his Modesto jump, while training in Hec Edmundson Pavilion in preparation for a trip to Russia, his neck landed on the frame of a trampoline while performing a triple somersault. The injury left him a quadriplegic and his doctors were concerned for his survival.

In 1996, in a successful intervention to improve his quality of life, Sternberg underwent surgery in Germany, performed by Dr. Harry Goldsmith. The operation on his spinal cord has allowed Sternberg to breathe deeper and easier, to speak more clearly and in greater volume and to remain upright for longer periods which has had the effect of improving his feeling of well being.


Preceded by
Finland Pentti Nikula
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
27 April 1963 – 5 August 1963
Succeeded by
United States John Pennel
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