We are already cheering for Team USA to get as many gold medals as possible, but back in South Dakota, we are cheering for one athlete a little bit more than any other.

University of South Dakota alum Chris Nilsen is a pole vaulting phenom and has catapulted himself onto the world stage at the Olympics in Toyoko.

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His best attempt was 5.75, while clearing 5.5 and 5.65 as well on his way to the pole vaulting finals which will give him a chance to snag a medal.

In 2019, he grabbed a gold medal at the Pan American Games, but has yet to have a crack at the Olympics and hopefully he can vault to a gold next week.

The pole vaulting finals will take place on Tuesday August 3 at 5:20 AM with coverage across the NBC Sports platform.

For more information on the Olympics, the schedule of events and TV schedule as well, you can visit their website.


 

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