For years, twins Ashley and Lindsey Kessler were among the best in the nation as tumblers.
But as soon-to-be-seniors at Hardin Valley Academy, track coach Bryan Brown's offer to take up a new sport proved to be too tempting, especially when they found that a former Olympic Gold Medalist would be working with them.
"Mom was like 'Hey, he pole vaults. He's the Olympic, he won.' So we're like, we'll meet him."
In just one year working with Mack, the Kessler twins have become double trouble for other pole vaulters. They hold the best vault in the state this year--share it, fittingly--at 11 feet, six inches.
Lindsey and Ashley have signed grants-in-aid to attend East Tennessee State next year. Naturally, they plan on rooming together. They share the special bond that so many twins seem to have, but they also have a little competitive streak.
"We've been through this for a really long time," said Lindsey. So we know each other's weaknesses and strengths. So we try to give little tips. But other than that we're, when it comes down to competition, it's a competition."