Obituary: Brian Sternberg, Shoreline HS class of 1961, recordbreaking pole vaulter

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Brian Sternberg, Shoreline High School graduate, and recordbreaking pole vaulter at the University of Washington, who was paralyzed in a trampoline accident, has died at the age of almost 70.

Many people still remember the shocking and tragic story of the brilliant young athlete.

From his obituary in The Seattle Times:

Sternberg was a 1961 graduate of Shoreline High. Two years later as a UW sophomore, he established world records of 16 feet, 5 inches at the Penn Relays, 16-7 at the Modesto Relays and 16-8 at the Compton (Calif.) Relays — all in a seven-week span.

In July of that year, he was paralyzed from the neck down while working out on the trampoline at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. 

A public memorial will be held on June 22, 2pm at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, in Seattle.


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