The U.S. Olympic track and field trials were held in New Orleans in June 1992. All eyes were on Dan and Dave—Reebok’s massive PR push had become a national phenomenon. In the stands, thousands of fans wore red “Dan” shirts and blue “Dave” shirts—courtesy of Reebok. Dan and Dave put on a great show; Dan finished day one of the two-day decathlon trial in first place and on a world record pace for most points earned. On day two, Dave closed in the gap. The pole vault event was the eighth overall event, and both Dan and Dave decided to start at a relatively risky height of 15 feet, 9 inches. Despite a foot he’d injured earlier that was giving him a lot of trouble, Dave easily cleared his bar. Dan, however, had some difficulty. On his first attempt, he went straight up, then straight down. On attempt #2, he knocked the bar off and received no points. On this third and final attempt, he again stalled atop his pole. When the trials were over, Dave Johnson won first place and a trip to Barcelona. Dan O’Brien’s pole vault disaster knocked him all the way down to 11th place.