Katerina Stefanidi is a Greek pole vaulter. She won the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics with a jump of 4.85 meters and has also competed at the 2012 and the 2020 Summer Olympics. She is the current European Outdoor (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) and Diamond League (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019) champion, a World Outdoor champion (2017), a European Indoor champion, and a two-time World Indoor bronze medalist.
Katerina Stefanidi was born on February 4, 1990, in Cholargos, Athens, Greece. Her parents were athletes, competing in the triple jump and sprints. Katerina Stefanidi attended the 1st High School of Pallini and won the National High School Championships. She broke the National High School record and the Championship record winning gold at the 2006 Gymnasiade. Katerina Stefanidi broke all of the World age-group records for the ages of 11–14 and right after she turned 15, she broke the World Youth (under-18) record with a jump of 4.37 m.
Katerina Stefanidi has won a total of ten medals in all five major international athletics championships. She was named the European Women’s Athlete of the Year in 2017, and the Greek Female Athlete of the Year in 2017 and 2019. Because of her achievements, she is widely regarded as the greatest female athlete in the history of Greek sport.
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, she took 4th place, equaling her season’s best, with a jump of 4.80 meters.