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U.S. pole vaulter leaps to new team

Jillian Schwartz leaps to new team

Originally Published: September 25, 2011
By Sarah Spain

About this time seven years ago, pole vaulter Jillian Schwartz was walking into the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi, Greece, clad in a navy jacket and hat, both emblazoned with the five Olympic rings and three big letters: USA. She joined 600-plus American teammates in chanting those three letters as they waved to a crowd of more than 70,000.

About this time next year, Schwartz hopes to be walking in the opening ceremonies once again, only this time she won't be wearing the red, ...

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