Olympic pole vaulter and U.S. soldier drops pole to observe national anthem
Etiquette while observing the national anthem became a major talking point of the Olympics when many Americans were upset with gymnast Gabrielle Douglas for not following the flag code to the letter.
United States Olympian and U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Sam Kendricks went as far as to stop running in the middle of a pole vault attempt to turn and salute the flag when he heard "The Star-Spangled Banner" playing in the Olympic Stadium during a qualifying round.
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Kendricks went on to win a bronze medal in the pole vault, clearing 19 feet, two and a quarter inches.