Lee’s Summit pole vaulter dreaming of Olympic gold

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kim and Anthony Lightfoot’s neighborhood in Lee’s Summit has a few more visitors stopping by to say, “Hi!” this week.

The signage in front of the house, with messages to “dream big” and “proud of you,” ring true because their son KC Lightfoot is in the Olympic pole vault finals.

“I still can’t believe it, you know. I watch TV, and I still have to think to myself, ‘Wow, my son’s there,’” Kim Lightfoot said.

“When you look at it, you’re like, ‘Wow, look at those Olympians, look at what they had to do to get there,’ and I’m like, ‘My son’s done that,'” Anthony Lightfoot said.

It went from the kid who ran around to a teen who flashed potential and dreams of being top 10 in the city, then Missouri, then the nation and then the world.

“He was into dirt bikes and all that stuff. He was pretty athletic. I thought to myself, ‘I think he can do this,’” KC’s dad said.

“He had a lot of shenanigans along the way, definitely gave me a heart attack a couple times,” Kim said.

Now he could potentially see the medal stand, making Mom and Dad nervous especially, since they can’t be in Tokyo. The Lightfoots still have poles in their backyard and a runway to practice.

“We get more nervous than he does,” Anthony said. “You wish you could be there to celebrate with him.”

But at least they have the community support. On Friday, friends and family gathered to watch the prelims and KC finished first in his group.

And they’ll have the same gathering Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. But like the signage in front says…

“He’s got talent, and it came from somewhere. I’m going to say it came from above.”

Hoping to ride the talent to Gold.

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