It’s a Triple What?

Congratulations to my niece for doing very well at her school’s track meet in the triple jump!

Triple what?  My best high school event was the hurtles.

The triple jump is a lot like the long jump (which used to be the broad jump), except you touch the ground twice in mid-jump.  It has been called the hop, step and jump, or (when I was in high school) the hop, skip and jump. It has always been an event in the modern Olympics.  The rules state “”the hop shall be made so that an athlete lands first on the same foot as that from which he has taken off; in the step he shall land on the other foot, from which, subsequently, the jump is performed.”

He?  The rulesmakers have never seen my niece.

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