Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Vaulter Magazine Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

“Maggie Vaults Over the Moon shows a touching and realistic perspective of life’s changes wrapped into one heartwarming story. It will captivate those who have lost loved ones and imagine being with them again. This inspiring tale celebrates the courage to turn tragedy and loss into something positive, and how the determination to master a sport can heal. The bits of pole vault history, technique, and struggle will keep the attention of vaulters for sure.” Doug Bouma, Editor, VAULTER Magazine

 


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State Champion Taylor Marie Swanson Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

“Maggie’s inspirational story will make any girl feel like they can accomplish their dreams. This is a MUST read for any athlete, no matter what sport you compete in.” —Taylor Marie Swanson, 2012 Kansas State Pole Vault Champion

5/26/2012
By ARNE GREEN Salina Journal

WICHITA — Never mind the state record or even her own personal best.

Only one goal really mattered to Salina Central’s Taylor Swanson in the Class 5A pole vault competition, and when Mill Valley’s Emily Brigham brought the bar down on her third attempt at 12 feet it was time to celebrate. Continue reading


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USA Today Columnist, Best Selling Author Christine Brennan Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

This inspiring book comes along at a perfect time, on the 40th anniversary of Title IX and in the same year as women athletes dominated the 2012 London Olympics. Girls who play sports and the coaches and families who support them will thoroughly enjoy Grant Overstake’s warm, uplifting story. After reading it, we’ll all wish we were pole vaulters like Maggie.” –Christine Brennan. Christine writes columns on national and international sports issues for USA Today. She’s also a commentator for ABC News, PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio, and the best-selling author of seven books.

Christine Brennan

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Christine Brennan (born May 14, 1958, in Toledo, Ohio) is an American sports columnist, TV and radio commentator, best-selling author, and nationally-known speaker. She is especially known for her coverage of the Olympics and has written three books on the subject of figure skating: the best-selling Inside Edge (1996), Edge of Glory  (1998), and Champions on Ice (2002).

Brennan received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980 and 1981, respectively. She started her career as the first female sports reporter for the Miami Herald in 1981 before moving to the Washington Post in 1984. There, she became the first woman to cover the Washington Redskins. In 1988, Brennan was elected the first president of the Association for Women in Sports Media.  A longtime advocate for women in sports journalism, she started a scholarship-internship program for female journalism students that now honors six to seven students annually. Two of the scholarships are named after her late parents.

Brennan now is an award-winning sports columnist for USA Today, an on-air commentator for ABC News, CNN, NPR, and Fox Sports radio and the author of seven books, including the national best-seller Inside Edge. Brennan has covered the last 14 Olympic Games, Winter and Summer, beginning with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Continue reading


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U.S. Olympian Jeremy Scott Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

“Every single person should be able to relate to Maggie in Maggie Vaults Over the Moon. We have all experienced loss, heartache or tragedy, but not all find a way to overcome. It doesn’t matter if you are a pole vaulter, male or female; it’s about finding something in which you are passionate and not giving up. Maggie does just that—she finds her passion and it ends up taking her over the moon.” –Jeremy Scott, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist and Team USA Pole Vaulter at the 2012 London Olympic Games

About Jeremy Scott
Believed to be the tallest world class pole vaulter in history, Scott stands at 6 feet 9 inches tall. His breakthrough 2009 season got off to a great start with his win at the USA Indoor Championships in Boston, and he broke the 19-foot barrier for the first time in his career with his winning clearance June 14 in Jonesboro, Ark., when he cleared 5.82m/19-1.25. A letter-winner in three sports in high school (football, basketball and track) Scott enrolled at Allegheny College to play football. After a broken foot as a sophomore caused Scott to focus more on pole vaulting, he decided to enroll at one of National Track & Field Hall of Famer Earl Bell’s pole vault camps in the summer of 2001, and the improvement was immediate. Continue reading


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U.S. Olympian Becky Holliday Endorses “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon”

“I myself experienced loss when I was a young girl. Sports were my outlet and helped me through some of the hardest times of my life. This book captured me cover to cover. I highly recommend “Maggie Vaults Over the Moon!”” –Becky Holliday, Team USA Pole Vaulter, USA Olympic Trials Silver Medalist, and Finalist in the London Olympics

About Becky Holliday
After nearly a decade of competition as a post-collegiate professional, Holliday secured her first Olympic team berth with her second place finish at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Holliday did not pick up pole vault until the age of 16 after a completing a distinguished career in gymnastics, where she was a four-time state champion in the all-around category in 12-16 age group and a three-time regional champion. It did not take her long to establish herself as a national-caliber pole vaulter. She was ranked #7 in the U.S. at the end of the 2001 season, in which she placed 5th at USA Outdoors and 8th at the World University Games. Continue reading