1. Jirina Ptacnikova
Jirina Ptacnikova is a pole vaulter for the Czech Republic. She won the European Championships in 2012 and competed in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. She also set the Czech pole vault record in 2014, not too shabby.
2. Michelle Jenneke
Michelle is an Australian hurdler and model. She participated in the 2016 Olympics finishing 37th. She is also a Sydney University engineering student.
3. Darya Klishina
Darya is a Russian long jumper. She has won may gold medals over the years at the European indoor, outdoor and youth championships. She was also 9th at the 2016 Olympics in the long jump.
4. Paraskevi “Voula” Papachristou
Paraskevi is a Greek track athlete who does both the triple jump and the long jump. She is a 2-time European champion and took 8th place at the 2016 Olympic Games. She was expelled from the 2012 Olympic team after making a racist tweet which was a bit of a controversy at the time.
5. Robin Bone
Robin is a Canadian pole vaulter and Olympic hopeful. Her first love was gymnastics but she had to give it up after suffering multiple concussions. She then took up the pole vault instead and wears a helmet when she vaults to protect her from future concussions.
6. Ivet Lalova
Ivet is a Bulgarian track athlete who specializes in the 100m and 200m sprint. She has appeared in 4 different Olympic games and took first place in the European championships in the 100m sprint in 2012. She is also married to Italian sprinter Simone Collio.
7. Allison Stokke
Allison Stokke, this should come as a surprise to no one except for maybe the fact that she isn’t in first place. We actually considered not putting on the list because she hasn’t really been competing since 2015. However, she is currently training for the 2018 Olympics in Phoenix, AZ so we are going to give her a pass, plus we know you wanted to see her.
8. Snezana Rodic
Snezana is a Slovenian track athlete who specializes in the triple jump. She is married to Slovenian soccer/football player Aleksandar Rodić.
9. Cathrine Larsasen
Cathrine Larsasen, a Norwegian pole vaulter. Catherine won the Norwegian championships ten times in a row between 2004 and 2013. She has taken a break from the sport to have children, we hope she returns soon.
10. Michaela Meijer
Michaela Meijer is a Swedish athlete who specialises in the pole vault.
She competed at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing reaching the final. Her personal bests in the event are 4.55 metres outdoors (Beijing 2015) and 4.55 metres indoors (Prague 2015).
In addition she won silver medals at the 2009 World Youth Championships and European U23 Championships both times finishing behind her compatriot, Angelica Bengtsson.
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