Between Two Beers podcast: Eliza McCartney on success, fame, Lorde, injuries – and rebuilding


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Eliza McCartney is one of the best pole vaulters in the world.

In fact, she’s one of the greatest pole vaulters of all time, taking home bronze from the Rio Olympics and an agonizingly close 2018 personal best of 5m.

But her career has stalled over the past four years with an unfortunate series of injuries that have resulted in an inspiring recovery that will hopefully see her return to her best form.

In this episode, we talk about how she went to school with Lorde when she accidentally stumbled onto a nude beach, why her coach made her tell a joke every week, her rise to the top of pole vaulting, and the whirlwind of fame that this was followed by her Olympic bronze.

An injury prevented McCartney from competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games and in the second half of the episode we’ll go into her ‘rebuild’ pretty deeply and you’ll get a really clear picture of what a tough few years it’s been for they were.

View Notes | Episode 92 | Eliza McCartney

1:43: Steven’s pole vault research comes to the fore after the Commonwealth Games

4:20: Growing up with Lorde and Eliza’s childhood athletic background

6:26: Seamus navigates and watches Eliza practice and Steven’s Rio memory

8:59: Eliza the comedian

1.01pm: Some thoughts on Chelsea Lane and back then she misled Eliza in Vancouver

6:44 p.m.: From the North Island champions to the world juniors: The rapid rise to success in pole vaulting

10:24 p.m.: The “block” before qualifying for the Rio 2016 Olympics

11:30 p.m.: Expectations and preparations for the day

37:08 Day two of Rio and the bronze medal

47.03 p.m .: Award ceremony and blasting on social media like Pita Taufatofua

50:16: A cheeseburger challenge interlude with Seamus and Roland Jeffrey

51:21: Reflection on the bronze medal success and the whirlwind surrounding Eliza’s eventual return to New Zealand

57:38: Post-Rio Olympiad: Personal bests, including 5th best jump ever!

1:01:18: Ups and downs: Injury history recording

1:10:45: Meet the challenge of having to publicly share your battles with friends and family

1:15:17: How close was Eliza to retirement?

1:18:15: Eliza McCartney’s replica

1:26:03: Tips for young athletes

1:27:35: The social activist and environmentalist with deep respect for Te Ao Maori

1:35:24: The Italian Job: With Lukas Walton-Keim on the Kite-Foil Olympic Trail

1:37:50: Influencing a generation of Kiwi pole vaulters

1:39:00: Last words from Steven, Seamus and Eliza

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