When I asked Andrea's coach how people get into pole vaulting, he looked at me for a moment before replying. "You have to be very fast, athletic...and a little bit crazy."
After having the opportunity to watch Andrea entrust her life to a pretty thin-looking flexible pole...I concur. Not for any lack of athletic ability or grace, though. Quite the opposite. She's the top pole vaulter in the state and in the top 15 in the country, so it's a treat to watch her.
But wait, there's more. Not only is she a 6-foot-tall force-to-be-reckoned-with, she's also a very nice, lovely young woman. So, who wouldn't want to hang out with her, capturing each incredible facet?
You'd have to be crazy.