“Pole vault is my first love. (It’s) definitely the funnest event,” Hardee said during an interview with Flotrack.org. “(It’s) definitely the one I get the most joy out of I think.”
In recent years, the Texas Longhorn has made a name for himself as a world-class decathlete. Hardee was a member of the 2008 Olympic team. In addition, he won world titles in the decathlon at the 2009 and 2011 World Championship meets.
Hardee spent much of 2011 and 2012 recovering from elbow surgery. He was able to make it back in time for the 2012 Olympic Games, however, where he won silver behind fellow American and world-record holder Ashton Eaton.
This season, Hardee will return to competition with plans to compete in specialized events before his first full decathlon. In fact, Hardee already competed in the Reno Pole Vault Summit, where he finished ninth with a best jump height of 5.20 meters.
Before the meet, Hardee spoke about the event, saying in the Flotrack.org interview: “I’ve never been (to the Reno Pole Vault Summit.) This is an opportunity for me to kind of go and enjoy myself at a pole vault only meet.”