U.S. Pole Vaulter Stops Mid-Stride As He Salutes The National Anthem


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.


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!


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