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Retired Olympian to be inducted into hall of fame, now pursuing surgical career

May 24, 2017 GMT

For Jeremy Scott, the Norfolk High graduate who went on to become an Olympic pole vaulter, the recent end of his 13-year vaulting career will be marked later this week with a hall of fame induction.

Scott will be inducted into the NCAA Division III Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Wednesday, May 24, in Geneva, Ohio, in recognition for what he accomplished in the event.

Because the induction will focus on his performance during his collegiate years, it’s provided a nice opportunity to look back on the many highlights in his career, said the son of Henry and Rosella Scott of Norfolk.

“It’s weird to think you’ve been doing something long enough to be in the Hall of Fame,” he said.

The induction comes at a fitting time given that he retired from pole vaulting last August.

Scott said he went into 2016 knowing it might be his last year of pole vaulting, although he considered seeking to be named to the U.S. national team in 2017.

But at the end of practice one particular day, Scott said he realized it was time to move on.

His coach told him to think about it — and he continued to train for a few weeks after that. But Scott’s longtime goal of studying to be a physician came into play as he visited with various medical schools in time to register for the 2017 fall semester.

At that point, Scott said, he realized he was ready to leave the sport and start a new chapter in his life.

Scott now is studying orthopedic surgery at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Jonesboro, Ark., where he lives.

In place of sports, Scott said the competitiveness of medical school has given him another outlet for his energy.

Because of the doctors he’s worked with during his athletic career, Scott has always wanted to be involved with sports medicine. He’s focused on surgery since his sophomore year of college where the first doctor he shadowed was an orthopedic surgeon.

The first time he saw a knee replacement surgery, Scott was fascinated and knew he wanted to do the same thing. And his background in sports will help when it comes to working with and on athletes, he said.

“Having that experience and dedication to a thing puts you in a better position to understand patients,” Scott said.

The 1999 Norfolk High graduate graduated from Division III Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., with a degree in neuroscience in 2003. Because of his vaulting career that took him around the world, he and his wife, Sarah, and their children postponed his enter medical school.

Scott is still keeping involved with the track and field world by working at UST Essx, a company that makes poles for vaulters. He started at the company in 2015 as an athlete consultant, but since retiring, he’s been able to contribute more.

Scott said he is grateful to have his pole vaulting path end this way.

“I’ve been very, very blessed to have the career that I had,” he said.