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article imageReview: Mondo Duplantis captivates in 'Prodigy' documentary (FloFilms) Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 23, 2017 in Sports
On June 21, the "Prodigy" documentary on the life of teenage pole vaulter Armand "Mondo" Duplantis was released on FloFilms.
This 24-minute documentary feature really gives the viewers insights on the life of 17-year-old pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, who has been setting world records in his age group since the young age of seven. This documentary takes us behind the scenes in his daily life, as he is coached by his father (veteran pole vaulter and former national record setter Greg Duplantis) and trained by his mother, Helena. It shows the trials and tribulations in his life of becoming the top in his sport, as well as the rigorous training needed, and disappointment that may be involved when things don't always end up victorious. The commentary from his parents is very informative, and they allow the viewer to get to know Mondo on a more personal level.
At this year's Texas Relays, Mondo set a new personal best in pole vault, after clearing the bar at 5.90 meters, which is a new world junior record, as well as a world leading mark in the sport itself thus far (for the first half of the year). Although he lives in America, Mondo competes for Sweden, which is his mother's native country. In addition, Greg's work ethic was unmatched, since at the time he was doing pole vault and setting national records, he was studying for the Bar exam.
This August, Mondo will be competing at the senior level at IAAF World Championships in London, where he will be facing competition from indoor world record holder Renaud Lavillenie, Olympic gold medalist Thiago Braz da Silva, American national champion Sam Kendricks (and Olympic bronze medalist), as well as 2015 World Champion Shawn Barber. Most impressive about Mondo is the fact that he is still in high school.
The Verdict
Overall, this documentary is highly recommended for any fans of track and field (especially pole vault) or sports in general. Mondo is living proof that anything can be accomplished once one sets a certain goal, and works hard towards that goal by giving their heart and soul in the sport. This film is well-crafted, and Mondo serves a positive role model for all aspiring athletes. This documentary garners five out of five stars.
The full episode of Mondo Duplantis - Prodigy may be seen in the official FloTrack website.
Digital Journal chatted with world renowned pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis back in April.
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