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OUR NEW HERO

If this whole pole vaulting thing doesn't work out, he could always front a Michael Bolton tribute band. Getty Images

Why do we love pole vault gold medalist Steve Hooker? Let us count the ways.

Because he's Australian, for starters.

Because he won his event in Olympic record-setting fashion by clearing heights on his third try four straight times, which is totally clutch.

Because he looks a lot like Bill Walton, you know, back in the hippie days. Or Fabio, with freckles.

And because his name reminds us of one of our favorite all-time literary characters, Steve Holt!

What, in that list, is not to love?