Interview by Despina Dimotsi
Katerina Stefanidi is a Pole Vault champion, Olympic gold medalist and world champion. She won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games with a jump of 4.85 meters. She also competed at the 2012 and 2020 Summer Olympics. She has a record of 4.91 meters in the open and 4.90 meters in the indoor track. She is the European Open Athletics Champion (2018) and the Diamond League (2019), champion at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships, champion at the European Indoor Track and Field Championships and twice won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships.
She became European champion at the European Championships in Amsterdam in 2016 (with 4.81 m), European champion at the European Indoor Championships in 2017 (with 4.85 m) and world champion at the World Athletics Championships in London in 2017 (with 4, 91 m), which puts her in fifth place in the Pole Vault of all time. She won a total of 10 medals in all international sports championships. She was named Athlete of the Year in Europe for 2017 and Athlete of the Year in Greece for 2017 and 2019.  She is widely considered as the best athlete in the history of Greek sports. In September 2020 it was announced that she would return to the SPIRE Institute to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games.
Issue 3 – Summer 2022