Up in the air, feet on the ground

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An elegantly executed high jump can appear almost effortless. In reality, it’s a complex combination of athletic prowess, gymnastic flair, precision timing and mental toughness. SPIKES meets Alessia Trost, one of high jump’s hottest prospects, to find out more.

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Drouin on Bondarenko: “I’ll be looking to take him down next season”

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Derek Drouin was one of the star cast in a stellar high jump final at the Moscow 2013 World Championships this summer. We speak to the Canadian record holder about clearing 2.40m, and the unconventional training methods he’s using to do it.

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Who’ll be crowned king of athletics?

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With the superheroes of world athletics busy ironing their party pants for the 2013 IAAF World Athlete of the Year Gala in Monaco this weekend, SPIKES gives you the 411 on the three contenders for best man: Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Bohdan Bondarenko.

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Hitting the high notes with Brigetta Barrett

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World and Olympic high jump silver medallist Brigetta Barrett has an amazing voice, so SPIKES asked the six-foot American for her six-point guide to singing like an angel. 

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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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What will Bolt run at Glasgow 2014?

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With Usain Bolt still undecided on whether he’s competing at next year’s Commonwealth Games, SPIKES thought we’d try to turn him on to Glasgow with some serious – and not-so serious – speculation about what events he would or could compete in…

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Bondarenko: “I can improve much more”

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World high jump champion Bohdan Bondarenko talks exclusively to SPIKES about jumping in silence, traditional folk dancing, and why he’s only had ONE jumping training session all year.

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Meet the SPIKES Girls
Ahead of competing in the Diamond League tonight, Brigetta Barrett, Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic put on their first performance as the high jump Spice Girls in Monaco yesterday.
We call them the SPIKES Girls, and we’ve got Brigetta on lead vocals, Chichy on the drums and Blanka dancing (obviously).

Meet the SPIKES Girls

Ahead of competing in the Diamond League tonight, Brigetta Barrett, Anna Chicherova and Blanka Vlasic put on their first performance as the high jump Spice Girls in Monaco yesterday.

We call them the SPIKES Girls, and we’ve got Brigetta on lead vocals, Chichy on the drums and Blanka dancing (obviously).

The hair, style and ink of Inika McPherson

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Watch out Moscow, should the world’s coolest high jumper leap 1.95m in the coming weeks she’ll hit the Russian capital. She is known on the circuit for her sense of style, and has been working with stylist Queen Mafia Couture to hone her look. SPIKES brings you the fashion, hairdos and ink that make up US high jumper Inika McPherson.

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Erik Kynard’s got sole

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Olympic high jump silver medallist Erik Kynard, 22, is seriously passionate about his sneakers. SPIKES chats to the man about his jam-packed shoe cupboard.

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