Not many people at sporting events stop whatever they’re doing when they hear ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ start playing, but that’s exactly what Sam Kendricks did.
The U.S. pole vaulter was in the middle of a qualifying jump when the song came on. The athlete stopped in his tracks to stand at attention while the song played.
Kendricks, 23 is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve.
— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 21, 2016
— Patriot18 (@ProjectMan18) August 22, 2016
Most patriotic thing I have seen, 2nd LT Sam Kendricks stops mid-run to stand at attention when he hears the nation… pic.twitter.com/1xKAurZ5mc
— Denzel Shaw (@Denzelcliveshaw) August 22, 2016
Kendricks is one of 18 U.S. athletes in Rio who also serve in the military. The pole vaulter finished with a bronze medal as he vaulted 19 feet, 2 1/4 inches.
Thank you for your service and your incredible example!