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Why an Olympic pole vaulter from Rocklin is going to the Pyeongchang Winter Games

Cale Simmons finished second in the men’s pole vault event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on July 4, 2016, in Eugene Ore.
Cale Simmons finished second in the men’s pole vault event at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on July 4, 2016, in Eugene Ore. Associated Press file

Cale Simmons is going to Pyeongchang for the Olympics.

But why would an Olympic pole vaulter from Rocklin go to South Korea – for the Winter Games?

No, the sport hasn’t been moved from summer to winter competition. Instead, Simmons is going as an athlete service coordinator, according to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The Rocklin High graduate is going overseas to lend a hand to American athletes – a much less taxing position than competing.

“Competing on the world stage at the Olympics is one of the most stressful things I have ever done in my life,” Simmons, 26, told USAFA. “The ability to relax, recharge and get away from stressors in an environment like this can make all the difference in being ready for these competitions. I look forward to being that positive influence on the minds of the greatest team in the world – Team USA.”

Simmons in 2016 finished second at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. However, his result wasn’t as good in Rio de Janeiro, finishing tied for 28th.

That’s not deterring him, though. He’s training for a shot at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo.

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