Yelena Isinbayeva is a sweet ass Russian pole vault athlete that was banned from from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games amid the Russian doping scandal, because of this, she has decided to retire and hang up her boots…what a shame.
Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva (born 3 June 1982) is a Russian pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008), a three-time World Champion (2005, 2007 and 2013), the current world record holder in the event, who is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.
Yelena has been a major champion on nine occasions (Olympic, World outdoor and indoor champion and European outdoor and indoor champion). She was also the jackpot winner of the IAAF Golden League series in 2007 and 2009. After poor performances at the world championships in 2009 and 2010, she took a year-long break from the sport.
On 15 August 2013, Isinbayeva courted controversy by appearing to come out in favour of a law banning “homosexual propaganda” in Russia which had drawn sharp criticism from some representatives of the international community and had led activists to call for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. Yelena Isinbayeva was an ambassador for the games and welcomed athletes as a “mayor” of the Olympic Village at Sochi. She later released a statement through the IAAF, athletics’ world governing body, clarifying her views. She said she was opposed to discrimination against gay people on the grounds of their sexuality (which is against the Olympic Charter).
Yelena had made her original remarks in response to a gesture made by the Swedish high-jumper Emma Green Tregaro and others who had painted their fingernails in rainbow colours as an expression of support for gays and lesbians in Russia and in protest against recently passed laws banning what the Russian government describe as propaganda for nontraditional sexual relations directed at minors. The Swedish Olympic Committee subsequently cautioned their athletes against engaging in the same type of manifestations at the Sochi Olympics.
On 7 February 2014, Yelena Isinbayeva, while pregnant, was one of the final torch bearers for the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony. She has one child, Eva, born 28 June 2014. She married Eva’s father, javelin thrower Nikita Petinov shortly before their daughter’s birth and had a wedding celebration on 12 December 2014.