HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – The Jammin’ and Jumpin’ Competition is back in the Tri-State, with elite athletes trying to qualify for USA Nationals.
Two elite vaulters joined Eyewitness News on Wednesday morning to share how they started in the sport.
Natalie Uy began pole vaulting her junior year of high school, after her track coach encouraged her to try it.
Daylis Caballero Vega saw someone pole vault and she knew she wanted to try it.
Her practice and talent took her to the 2012 Olympics.
It’s pole vaulting that brought her from Cuba to the USA.
“I defected from Cuba and in 2012, I came here to represent Cuba. Then, after that, I became a USA citizen so I’m free,” she said.
There will be food trucks, athletic talent, and fireworks at Audubon Mill Park starting at 6 p.m.
This story was originally published on July 3, 2019.