Sport connects Estonia to USD
Much of that estimated 7,800 hours spent on vault was in Estonia, where he quickly became his country’s top young pole vaulter after first trying the sport aged 10 in tartu.
So where exactly is Tartu? To find out, you must first find Estonia. Haamer can of course deliver the goods. In perfect English, he can tell you what you need to know about this small European country, located near Norway, Sweden and Finland, without getting too bogged down in detail.
“We have a stereotype in Estonia that says everywhere an Estonian would go, the first thing we would like to talk about is that we invented Skype,” Haamer said. “Estonia is very technology-driven. Our ID cards have chips on which we can access our medical records. Overall, everything is quite convenient.”
About 65 percent of the country is covered in forest. The population is just over 1.3 million and Tartu is the second largest city. Estonians, unsurprisingly, speak Estonian. Not Finnish, Russian or any other Scandinavian dialect, although parts of these cultures are evident in Estonian life. Haamer’s native language – and Coach Miles agrees with this – is unlike any other language.
“You’ll hear a lot of languages and be able to pick out a few words here and there and get a sense of what they’re talking about,” Miles said. “This is not the case with the Estonian. You have no idea what they are saying.
Miles would know. Besides being an Olympic pole vault medalist who has traveled all over the world, he now has three Estonians competing for the Coyotes. Marleen Mülla is a female pole vaulter in her first year with the team and Ken-Mark Minkovski, sprinter and jumper for the men’s team, is also an Estonian in her first season with the USD.