The Pioneer Of The Pole Vault

At last year's Millrose Games--the oldest and most prestigious track meet in the country--track veterans were stunned when organizers unceremoniously bumped the men's pole vault from its traditional spot in prime time and replaced it with track and field's hottest event: the women's pole vault.

Women do the pole vault? Yes indeed. And an American cowgirl turned vaulter, Stacy Dragila, 30, does it better than anyone ever thought a woman could. The California native has owned the event since it became internationally accepted, including taking the first-ever women's pole vault gold medal at the Olympic Games in Sydney last September and...

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