I got 99 problems and the pole’s just one

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Think you’ve got it tough this winter? Try being a pole vaulter. We speak to Olympic champion Jenn Suhr about dodging the polar vortex, reverse parking a pole-laden Sedan, and poles on planes.

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Q&A with Rana Reider: the run jump coach

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SPIKES chats to top sprints and jumps coach Rana Reiderwho crossed the Atlantic to take up a leading position for UK Athletics in 2012. He reveals why GB is the place to be, and his airport problems with Christian Taylor and Dwight Phillips. 

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Fabiana Murer: the face of Rio 2016

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After a disappointing London 2012, Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer considered retirement, but with a home Olympics on the horizon, she tells SPIKES why she couldn’t possibly walk away.

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Aman of Steel

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SPIKES speaks to the unlikely track and field hero who might just yet become one of the greatest two-lap runners ever. Meet Mohammed Aman, Ethiopia’s 800m world champion.

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Víteslav Vesely: “I couldn’t even run two weeks before Moscow”

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World javelin champion Víteslav Vesely tells SPIKES how, inspired by world record holder and coach Jan Zelezny, he overcame injury and nerves to win big in Moscow.

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Duane Solomon: Bang Bang theory

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SPIKES charts the speedy rise of middle distance ace Duane ‘Bang’ Solomon over the last 18 months, and finds out how his coach is pushing his student to break his own US 800m record.

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Can the Tour de France inspire race walking?

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Three-time Olympic medallist Jared Tallent is among the world’s very best race walkers, and he’s currently preparing for this month’s Tour de France style event held in Suzhou, China. SPIKES finds out more.

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Brianne Theisen Eaton takes our quick quiz

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World heptathlon silver medallist Brianne Theisen Eaton on dressing like a big banana at high school, her crush on Leonardo Di Caprio, and shouting at the film Argo.

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Is Brittney Reese the greatest athlete you’ve never heard of?

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If you want a guaranteed gold at a major championships, then the most reliable athlete to call upon is US long jumper Brittney Reese. SPIKES catches up with Reese about an amazing career so far, her big ambitions for 2014 – and why she hasn’t enjoyed greater plaudits for her success.

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Keeping up with the Eatons

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SPIKES talks exclusively to the world’s most talented track and field super couple to find out what it’s like living as Mr and Mrs Eaton.* 

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Tiffany Porter: I almost quit track and field

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Find out how British 100m hurdler Tiffany Porter used two years of major championship heartache – and a new coach – to fire herself to a new PB and a medal at the Moscow 2013 World Championships.

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