Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Aaron Gordon, slam dunk competition

Aaron Gordon, Archbishop Mitty graduate, finished in 2nd place at this weekend's NBA dunk competition. On his most spectacular jump, Gordon jumped over his team's mascot and of course ESPN's Sports Science went to work coming up with the possibility that Gordon would have been able to win the bronze medal at the last Olympic's high jump competition. 
You can check out the Sports Science episode at this LINK (only 1:53)

I am curious how high he would be able to jump if he had to take off one foot since most of the dunk competition dunks (including one above) are off two feet. Also, you will notice on the video that he got a little assistance from the mascot which will not be available in the high jump. What other athletes, in any sport, do you think could win a medal in Track and Field at the Rio Olympics and in what event?

One additional note. Aaron's brother, Drew, was a track and field competitor for Mitty for four years. He qualified for the state meet 3 years in the discus and 1 year in the shot with lifetime bests of 58'3" and 180'2". 

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