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Olympic Gold Medalist Tim Mack speaks at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. – Olympic Pole Vaulter and Gold Medalist Tim Mack visited University of the Cumberlands (UC) to speak to students about the importance of working hard and dedication to one’s craft.

Mack showed a video of him winning the Gold Medal in the 2004 Summer Olympic games in Athens, Greece. He shared his journey from beginning to pole vault, his competitive years in college, his trials with the Olympic team and his eventual triumph.

“I like to be the underdog,” Mack said.

Mack began his competitive career at Malone University in Canton, Ohio before transferring to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn. during the mid-1990s. He won the 1995 NCAA Indoor Championship and continued to train, work and compete. He tried out for the Olympic team in 1996, but didn’t make it. He also didn’t qualify for the Olympic team in 2000. Mack said he stayed healthy and persistent in his endeavors to make the 2004 Olympic team. He went into the final round of the Olympics to come out the winner after years of dedication and perseverance.

“Being on the Olympic stand is surreal,” Mack said. “All these moments are just rushing past me like a time warp.”

Mack brought a pole used for his sport and his gold medal to show the audience. He gave credit to his family, coaches, sport psychologist, and his faith for helping his achieve his dreams of Olympic gold.

Mack also congratulated UC’s Albert Huntley for his win in the 100 meter at the 2013 NAIA National Championships. Mack presented Huntley with his championship ring from UC.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit

Article Provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant