Mattis had enough of Thomas lip and Thomas wanted to prove that he could jump 6'6" . Mattis met Thomas after school where Thomas would jump 6'6" on the high jump pole. Thomas successfully jumped it, and left Mattis in disbelief (Epstien,pg5).
After Thomas successfully jumps 6'6" Mattis hurries him to his track coaches office to tell his coach about Thomas jumping skills. The coach was also in disbelief because even the kids he was training couldn't jump that high. After he saw that Thomas could he immediately made a phone call to enter him into a last minute competition (Epstien,pg5).
Two days later Thomas was entered into his first pole jumping competition. Thomas easily cleared 6'8.25" on his first attempt(Epstein,pg 5). He then qualified for the national championships, then cleared 7'.025" which was a Lindenwood University record (Epstein,pg 5).
For 8 months in August 2007, Thomas was training legitimate high-jumps. Even with those 8 months of training he wasn't at the same level as the other jumpers that have been training their whole life. He had the ability to jump high but Thomas still needed the training to improve(Epstein,pg 6)
Thomas made it easily to the finals. so did Holm, he was the reigning Olympic champion. Later on in competition Thomas and Holm made it to7'8.5. "Holm clipped the bar with the back of his legs and fell to the mat with his head in his palms"(Epstien,pg 7)
Thomas later on found out that he was gifted with a giant's Achilles tendon. That is what gave him the ability to jump higher without any training and gave him an advantage to beat Holm at competition. Since Thomas would never train he has not improved in his jumping within 6 years. " Thomas debuted on top and has not progressed(Epstien,pg 8)