Episode 12: JuVaughn Harrison a.k.a. Mr. Jumps

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Note: JuVaughn's Olympics begin Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. CST (high jump qualifying) and continue Saturday morning at 5:10 a.m. CST (long jump qualifying). The men’s high jump final will take place at 5:10 a.m. CT on Sunday morning (July 31) and the long jump finals are 15 hours later at 8:20 p.m. CT Sunday evening.

JuVaughn Harrison isn't just one of the greatest athletes in LSU history.

He's among the very best in the world.

No one in America jumps higher or farther than Mr. Jumps, and we will find out this weekend if anyone in the world can out-jump
Harrison, who will become the first man since Jim Thorpe in 1912 to represent the U.S. in the high and long jump at the Olympics.

Harrison is set to take flight on the world stage in the high jump on Friday, July 30 and in the long jump Saturday, July 31. It's a rare combination – jumpers tend to specialize in one or the other, because the skillsets required are vastly different – but Harrison is a rare athlete.

Before taking off for Tokyo, he joined us, via Zoom, from Bernie Moore Track Stadium to talk about preparing for the Olympics, making his mom proud, and how fast food fuels his flights.

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