RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013


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RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby polevaultpower » Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:52 pm

http://sportspressnw.com/2152412/2013/h ... ed-colored

Tethered to a high-tech wheelchair and unable to do anything by himself – his mother, Helen, tended to his needs — Sternberg had 50 years to sort things out and mull a cruel fate that not only denied him further athletic glory and the fulfillment of his dream, to become a high school science teacher, but just a plain, ordinary life.

“Brian was off charts,” said Knudsen. “He lived so much longer than the average quadriplegic. He lived with pain and agony for 50 years.”

“And he never once complained,” said Helen.

“People ask if I’m mad at the world or mad at God, but being mad doesn’t do me any good,” Sternberg said in one of his last interviews. “Sometimes I feel I was cheated a bit, but what can I do about it?”
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby catson52 » Sun Jun 02, 2013 9:35 am

R.I.P.. Often thought of him over the years, what a fate. He was on his way to becoming one of all time greats, and would have given Pennel a good race to be first over 17 feet.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby bambam » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:20 pm

One of the saddest stories I know of in sports. Amazing that he lived 50 years as a quadriplegic. That is virtually unheard of.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby bambam » Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:26 pm

His mother must have been a saint and provided superb care for him to live that long.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby polevaultpower » Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:57 pm

bambam wrote:His mother must have been a saint and provided superb care for him to live that long.


Indeed, and she must be 90ish or so now? Incredible.

I am thinking about attending the memorial service, I will post here if I do in case anyone wants to pass along a message to his family.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby kuha » Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:41 am

bambam wrote:One of the saddest stories I know of in sports. Amazing that he lived 50 years as a quadriplegic. That is virtually unheard of.


Yes. Absolutely heart-breaking story.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby PDJ551 » Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:20 am

In 1964 I was a high school senior who had participated in the Penn Relays. In the afternoon after the high school events we were sitting in the stands near the pole vault pit. Brian Sternberg, in a wheel chair, was led out. The audience cheered his presence. I watched this young man, and thought of that very weekend only a year before. We had been sitting in the same area of the stadium and we marveled how this lithe athlete set a new record in the pole vault. And now only a year later so much had happened. The contrast chilled me. It made me realize how life can change in an instant. I felt so bad. R.I.P Brian.
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Re: RIP Brian Sternberg 1943-2013

Postby polevaultpower » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:16 pm

Another nice article: http://seattletimes.com/html/huskies/20 ... 06xml.html

A memorial, open to the public, will be June 22 at 2 p.m. at First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave. W. in Seattle.


I plan to attend the memorial service. If anyone wishes to pass along their condolences to the family, email or PM me with what you'd like to say and I will print it out and pass it along.
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