77-year-old credits farm upbringing for pole vaulting success
Cook Holliday, 77, owes his pole vaulting career to life on the farm.
When he was 7-years-old, he saw someone pole vaulting and immediately went to his family's woodpile with an axe to create a makeshift practice area for himself.
When he was in high school, he set a Georgia state record and he later set national records in college at the University of Wyoming.
He credits his success to his farm upbringing, where he learned if you want to win, you have to be hungry, you have to work hard and you have to want to do the work.
"I don't think I would be where I am today, had it not been growing up on a farm and my dad giving me the work ethic that I had," Holliday said. “I’ve told people before, I didn’t even have a wrist watch, we worked from sun up to sun down in the summertime.
He also still competes to this day, Holliday is the national champion in the 75-79-year-old division.
And not only does he still compete, he also still farms.
Holliday is the sole employee on a 79-acre cattle farm in South Georgia.