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Padgett said that his favorite part of the experience was getting to see other linemen from across the country and around the world.
Padgett's three man team included George West, of Asheville, and Terry Ponder, of Burnsville. This was Saucony Shadow Vegan
"It's a time for us to show off our skills and compete against other linemen around the world," Reebok Gold Shoes
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the first year the men had worked together as a team at the rodeo.
"Each time you compete in a different rodeo event, you learn something new," Padgett said. "You learn a safe way to perform your daily work."
Padgett said he wants Valley residents to know that there are veteran linemen in Western North Carolina who work hard every day for the people of this community.
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Events at the rodeo include a hurt man rescue, a pole climb, and two mystery events. Contestants are judged on speed, technique, and safety procedures.
"It's like a linemen's Super Bowl."
This was the 13th consecutive year Padgett had competed in the competition, which tests a lineman's job related skills.
An interview with Padgett was featured in the 2013 documentary "Storm Soldiers," which details the lives of linemen who work behind the scenes to ensure that power stays on across the United States.
He said he plans to compete in the event next year and keep serving the Black Mountain and Swannanoa Valley community.
Padgett qualified for the rodeo by finishing in the top three in a regional competition. He was one of 60 linemen representing Duke Energy at the competition. The company employs more than 5,000 line workers across its six state service area.
Last October, Padgett and other linemen from across the world showed off their skills at the International Saucony Blue And Orange
"You don't learn what the event is until the day before the rodeo," Padgett said. "Everything is kept a secret, Saucony Black And Gold and you've only got one day and one night to prepare your team."
Padgett and his team finished 11th in the Seniors Division at this year's event. Their time of 17:36.33 was the fastest in the division, but a small mistake deducted points and cost the team first place.
Padgett said the most difficult part of this year's event was in the preparation.
"It definitely takes a team effort," Padgett said. "Everyone has to do their part efficiently and safely."
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