(born June 21, 1981 in Aberdeen, South Dakota
) is an American pole vaulter
High School Years
Walker attended University High School
in Spokane, Washington
and competed in football and track & field
. In track, Walker was coached by Reg Hulbert and won All-Greater Spokane League honors following his senior season. Brad Walker graduated from University High School in 1999 with a 3.89 GPA.
Collegiate and Professional Careers
Walker attended the University of Washington
, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta
Fraternity. While there, he became NCAA
indoor pole vault champion twice and four-time NCAA All-American under Coach Pat Licari. In 2005 he became both indoor and outdoor National Champion.
Perhaps not among the favorites in the 2005 World Championships
, Walker nonetheless won the silver medal with 5.75. Two weeks later in Rieti
he set a new personal best of 5.96. In 2006 he won the World Indoor Championships
with a jump of 5.80meters. In July 2006, at Jockgrim
, Germany, Brad Walker, cleared 6 meters, the best performance of the year, in a pole vault competition. He won the gold in the world championships on the 1st of September, 2007.On 8 June 2008 Walker jumped in Eugene
to a new personal and American record with 6.04. Walker qualified to the 2008 Olympics
, however he failed to clear a height in the preliminary rounds.
Walker retained his US championship title in 2009, even though his status as reigning World... Read More