Something I wondered about regarding sports such as pole vaulting, diving, and a few others is how people get started on sports like these without getting horribly injured along the way.
Pole vaulting seems riddled with peril- I can imagine many things going wrong along the way (not enough foward momentum, slipping off the pole at a bad moment, missing the landing pad :eek: the whole thing seems so stylized that it looks very hard to ‘get into’ as in learning how to do it without getting hurt all the time from screwing up.
Similarly when I see divers that jump off some high platform and do a bunch of flips before diving in the water, I think to myself, “How many belly flops happen before you get to the point where you can pull that off?” The one time I was brave enough to attempt a front flip off the high dive, I landed flat on my back, which was excruciatingly painful. I can’t imagine the level of trial-and-error required to pull it off correctly!
The winter olympics have a sport where a skier jumps off this ramp and does a bunch of flips and twists. Similarly, how do they not screw up and break their necks?!