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Katie Moon: How Even An Olympic Gold Can Put You In A Mental Health Crisis: Learn The Katie Moon Way

Katie Moon, US’ premier pole vaulter, went on to win the gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a massive leap of 4.9m. While that brought her glory, a certain sense of self-doubt and crisis kicked in, making her wonder about her existence without the coveted Olympic gold. But she kept going and earned herself a World Championships gold the next year.

Katie Moon after winning the Tokyo Olympics gold.

Katie Moon, one of the US’ best pole vaulters ever, drew a lot of attention when she and Australia’s Nina Kennedy shared the gold in the women’s pole vault at the 2023 World Athletics Championships. In Mumbai for the Tata Mumbai Marathon, the athlete spoke to Times Now Sports about her and Kennedy’s decision to share the illustrious gold medal, her journey into pole vault, and crucially, mental health.

You started as a diver when you were young. How did you shift to pole vaulting?

I was a diver after I was a pole vaulter. I was a gymnast first and quite a few things I liked about gymnastics and pole vault, like the upper body strength, the adrenaline rush, and the flipping upside down. I finished gymnastics when I was eight years old and started pole vault when I was 12 years old. When I got into high school, that’s when diving came in.

Diving suited my liking for the adrenaline rush, flipping and body awareness. They all made me become a better pole vaulter. But all of those things, besides stressing my mom out, at that age, were perfect.

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