On this date in 2009, Russian Yelena Isinbayeva set her final and 17th world record in the pole vault, at 5.06 meters while competing in Zurich at the IAAF Golden League's Weltklasse Zurich meet. By that time, she had already established herself as a legend and probably the greatest female pole-vaulter. In addition to the outdoor records, she also set the indoor mark 13 times and currently still has 8 various meet records, including the Olympic and World Championship marks. Her unfortunate, to put it charitably, remarks on gay discrimination during the run-up to the Sochi Games, where she would be an official ambassador, overshadowed her career - but her athletic success and power can't be denied.
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An Olympics fan blog celebrating the athletes of the Olympic Games and Olympic sports
Random highlights of Olympic sport athletes - news, social links, and more, seen through the cheeky lens of this one particular, passionate fan.
A Little Roundup
Links to select Olympic sports headlines & news that catch my eye and focused on celebrating the stories of athletes
Let's Get Social
What are Olympic sport athletes up to on social media, away from competition?
Athletes Worth Watching
A look at some emerging Olympic sport athletes worth keeping an eye on
They are the Champions
NEW! Photo gallery recaps of Olympic sport athletes winning global championships and titles
Ramblings and Things
I have my own comment and opinions on Olympic sports news sometimes!
A Quick Review
Thoughts on Olympic sports films, art, books, TV, etc. that I've come across now and then
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Me at Rio 2016's Barra Olympic Park
Header: Kallimarmaro stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896