Huber travels to Olympics in Athens

Huber travels to Olympics in Athens The 28th Olympiad in Greece has a Wakonda resident in attendance.

USD track coach and 2004 National Division II Coach of the Year Lucky Huber left Sunday, Aug. 22 to endure a 24-hour day of travel to be rewarded with his arrival in Athens, Greece on Monday.

Huber decided to attend this major event after one of his former athletes, Derek Miles, earned an Olympic berth by placing third at the Olympic pole vault trials.

Huber and his wife, Stacy were able to celebrate Miles' success with him as they attended the Olympic trials at Sacramento in July.

Miles graduated from USD in 1996 and continued training with Huber as he worked in the Academic Advising Center as an advisor and helped coach vaulters.

Miles, 31, lives in Jonesboro, AR, and jumps with Coach Earl Bell. Huber and Miles still talk about 10 times a week as Huber continues to advise Miles on his training regimen and provides good ol' friendly advice.

They've become great friends with a passion for one thing � pole vault.

The Olympic pole vault competition began on Wednesday, Aug. 25 as vaulters try to make the finals cut. The final competition is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27.

The three American vaulters have an excellent chance of medaling as they have been jumping well on the world front as of late.

Among Miles' career highlights: 2004 � third at Olympic Trials; 2003 � USA Indoor champion; runner-up at 2003 USA Outdoors; 2002 � third at 2002 USA Indoors; 2000 � tied for third at 2000 Olympic Trials.

Huber will arrive home on Sunday, Aug. 29 with memories of an experience he will never forget.

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