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Transcript:Profile of Yelena Isinbayeva

Today we'll be learning about Russian pole vaulter and two time olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva.

Yelena Isinbayeva Background

Yelena Isinbayeva was born on June 3rd, 1982 in Volgograd, Russia. Originally trained as a gymnast from age 5, Isinbayeva switched to pole-vaulting at the age of 15 when she grew too tall for competitive gymnastics. In 1998, after only six months of pole-vaulting, Isinbayeva won her first gold medal at the World Youth Games in Moscow with a height of 4 meters. In 1999, she improved on this height when she cleared 4.10m at the World Youth Championships in Poland, earning her second gold medal.

Yelena Isinbayeva's Achievements

In 2000, at the World Junior Championships, Isinbayeva took first place again clearing 4.20m and in 2001 earned another gold with a winning height of 4.40m at the European Junior Championships. She earned her first senior championship medal, a silver, in 2002 at the European Championships with a height of 4.55 meters. In 2003, almost a month after her 21st birthday, Isinbayeva set her first world record with a height of 4.82 meters.

Yelena Isinbayeva Olympic Appearances

In 2004, she broke the record again with a gold medal winning height of 4.86 meters at the World Indoor Championships and later that year at the Summer Olympics in Athens, broke the world record once more with a height of 4.91 meters, winning the gold medal in the process. For her performances, Isinbayeva was named World Athlete of the Year by the IAAF. In March 2005, Isinbayeva set a new indoor world record of 4.90m at the European Indoor Championships in Madrid then in July broke the outdoor world record four times, culminating with a height of 5 meters, becoming the first woman in history to clear 5 meters in pole vaulting.

Other Facts About Yelena Isinbayeva

At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Isinbayeva broke her record again with a height of 5.01 meters winning the gold medal in the process. In 2006, Isinbayeva won the gold medal at the European Athletics Championships, the World Cup in Athens and was crowned Laureus World Sports Woman of the Year. Isinbayeva was undefeated in the 2007 season, winning 18 out of 18 competitions, including a gold medal at the World Championships in Japan. 2008 saw Isinbayeva break the world record once again, clearing 5.03 meters, at the Golden Gala in Rome as well as defending her Olympic title in Beijing with another record breaking height of 5.05 meters.

She was also named World Athlete of the Year once again by the IAAF. In 2009, Isinbayeva had a brief setback in the World Championships when she failed to achieve a successful vault. She later redeemed herself at the Weltklasse Golden League meet by placing first and breaking her own world record with a height of 5.06 meters. Isinbayeva took a break from competing throughout much of 2010 and in 2011 attended the Russian Winter meeting where she placed first, easily clearing 4.81 meters. She started 2012 winning the Governor's Cup in Volgograd and plans to compete at the Summer olympics in London.

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