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Maggie Vessey – Then

Maggie Vessey is an American Olympic athlete who competed in track and field events around the world in the early 2000s. She specialized primarily in the 400 meter and 800 meter races. She finished in 5th place in the 800 meter run at the US Olympic team trials, running half a mile in roughly two minutes. She has won races in Greece, Monaco, and even won gold in the 4X800 in Nassau in 2009.

Maggie Vessey – Now

Maggie Vessey continues to run and be involved in track and field events. On top of this, she has recently come out with a line of women’s competitive sports wear for people who want to look as good on the track as they do off of it. Additionally, Maggie impressively has been able to continue to break her own records. At an age when most professional athletes choose to retire, Maggie keeps on running.

Melanie Adams – Then

Melanie Adams was born in the city of Melbourne, Australia, and was a wild child from a young age. This could be the reason that she took up pole vaulting the as early as she could at the tender age of 11. Adams has since won two competitions for under-21s, and has even gone on to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. She has since retired from the sport of pole vaulting, but that does not mean that she has left the world of track and field entirely.

Melanie Adams – Now

Melanie Adams has continued to stay in the world of sports. But instead of competing, she is more on the financial side of sports. Adams has started a fitness brand. She takes pictures of her working out and just laying out in the hot Australian sun, modelling fitness attire as well as swimsuits. In fact, Adams has gone on record as saying that it is her dream to eventually become Miss Australia and compete in the Miss Universe pageant.

Louise Hazel – Then

Louise Hazel is probably one of the strongest athletes out there (and she is DEFINITELY stronger than any of us). That is because Hazel is a Heptathlete. A Heptathlete has to do seven different sporting events, including the 100 meter hurdles, a high jump, a shot put, a 200 meter sprint, a javelin throw, and an 800 meter race. Hazel won gold in the 2010 commonwealth games and represented the UK during the 2012 London Olympics.

Louise Hazel – Now

Having competed in the sport at the highest levels for over 10 years, the 32 year old athlete is still going at it. Despite sadly not being able to make the team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Hazel is still in the world of athletics, but in a different way. For instance, in 2015 she participated in a special celebrity edition on Ninja Warrior UK, as well as on a charity episode of the show The Challenge: Champs Vs. Pros.

Lolo Jones – Then

Lori “Lolo” Jones is one of the most resilient track and field stars we’ve ever heard of. Lori’s mom had six kids, and the family was homeless for a while, being forced to sleep in the basement of a Salvation Army building. However, she was able to overcome all of these obstacles and become one of the United States’s best track athletes, winning gold in four different competitions.

Lolo Jones – Now

The only place that Lolo Jones has never received a medal at was the olympics. She was on the women’s bobsled team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. She was also a competitor in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics where she was favored to win the hurdles. However, she tripped on the second to last hurdle and finished seventh. Jones today is perhaps more known for her charitable contributions to her home state of Iowa than sports.

Allyson Felix – Then

Allyson Felix is one fast girl. A sprinter by trade, she is most well known for running in the 200m, the 400m, the 4×100 relay, and the 4×400 relay. Beginning to compete in high school, Felix quickly became one of the fastest women on the planet, taking second place at the US Indoor Track Field Championships, and then running the fastest ever at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Mexico City.

Allyson Felix – Now

After taking the high school world by storm, it was time for her to step up her game. Allyson Felix medaled at almost every single world track and field championship since 2005, and has so far been to four Olympic games representing the United States. She won a silver at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece, gold and silver in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, three gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, UK, and two golds and a silver in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.

Sara Galimberti – Then

Sara Galimberti definitely has made (and is continuing to make) a name for herself in the world of track and field. She is just 26 years-old, so she has not even reached her peak. And to top it all off, she has gotten several important, well paying sponsorships which have been helping to propel her to the top of her game. However, if there is one thing which has helped Sara Galimberti in her career, it isn’t her medals which have earned her acclaim, it’s her looks.

Sara Galimberti – Now

This is perhaps the main thing separating Galimberti from the rest of Italy’s track and field stars – the fact that she just looks so good. She even manages to look photogenic while she’s running, knowing that the cameras are always on her (except for those gross, embarrassing slip ups when she looks all sweaty. Gross). It has also definitely helped get this Miss Italy a whole bunch of sponsorship deals.

Anna Chicherova – Then

Anna Chicherova is a Russian high jumper who has been reaching great heights since the beginning of the new millennium. In fact, she got silver in one of her first ever competitions at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She then went on to win silver again in Budapest the very next year. Eventually, Chicherova would go on to compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Until…

Anna Chicherova – Now

The Russian delegation has been beset with allegations of using performance enhancing substances in order to win competitions. However, these allegations are not baseless, and Anna Chicherova was actually disqualified from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after failing substance test. Chicherova ended up getting clean eventually going on to participate in the 2012 London Olympics, winning gold in the high jump.

Jessica Ennis – Then

Another British Heptathlete, Jessica Ennis began competing in track and field events back when she was in high school. She went to her first international competition in 2003 in Quebec, Canada, getting in fifth place for the heptathlon. She then went off to the commonwealth youth games, winning silver in both the high jump as well as the 100m hurdles. She continued to race up until her first ever olympics in 2012.

Jessica Ennis – Now

Jessica Ennis was crushing the competition all over the world – from Izmir, Turkey to Melbourne, Australia, and even Barcelona, Spain. Then, Jessica made her Olympics debut at the London Olympic games in 2012, playing hard and winning gold for her country in the heptathlon. She continued to compete, eventually being picked to play for the United Kingdom again in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. It was there that she won the silver for the British crown.


Christina Vukicevic – Then

Christina Vukicevic hails from Norway, and she certainly may as well be a Viking warrior princess. Vukicevic began competing in the 100m hurdles when she was about 18, and she has yet to look back. In fact, the first time she competed in an international competition at the professional level in 2003 she won gold! She would go on to win a silver medal at the European Junior Championships two years later in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Christina Vukicevic – Now

Christina Vukicevic’s last ever medal was in 2011 at the European Indoor Championships back in 2011 where she won the bronze medal. However, after that, she sadly suffered an injury, causing her to take some time off from the sport. It was at that time that she elicited the help of a doctor known for controversial practices named Srdjan Djordjevic. She has since retired from the sport, marrying Russian soccer player Vadim Demidov.



Darya Klishina – Then

Darya Klishina uses her long legs which go on forever to good use as a long jump specialist. This Russian sports star is the Ivan Drago of the long jump world. Standing at close to five foot 11 inches, Darya Klishina has won over half a dozen gold medals in various European competitions. One would have thought that she would have gone off to play volleyball, and you would be half right. She began with that sport before deciding to switch to track and field.

Darya Klishina – Now

Darya Klishina continues to compete despite being involved in the 2016 Russian Athlete scandal in during the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The entire Russian team was barred from participating in the games due to using performance enhancing substances. However, Darya appealed the International Olympic Committee decision, saying that because she was training in the US, she had no access to the substances. The Committee overturned the decision, and Darya competed, getting ninth place in the long jump.

Amy Acuff – Then

Amy is a track and field athlete from the US. She is known for her high jumps, and competed in the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games on the USA track and field team. Her most impressive Olympic feat was during the 2004 Games, where she jumped a whopping 1.99 meters and won a bronze medal. Her personal record stands at 2.01 meters, which she accomplished in a Switzerland meet in 2003.

Amy Acuff – Now

The Texas native is now 42-years-old and is focusing on a different field, technology. Turns out she is not just athletically gifted, she also knows how to code. After taking courses in computer programming, she focused on working as an app developer. She made her first app back in 2009 which was used for locating vaccines for kids. Her newest app, called iAnalyze, is designed for athletes and coaches, and includes side by side video comparisons and a velocity calculator.

Yelena Isinbayeva – Then

Yelena is a pole vaulter from Russia, and she is definitely not an easy competitor. She has won the Olympic gold medal twice (in 2004 and 2008), and the World Championship three times. In 2005, she became the first ever woman pole vaulter to clear the 5 m barrier. She is considered one of the greatest women pole vaulters of all time, and was inducted into the FICTS (Federation Internationale Cinema Television Sportifs) Hall of Fame in 2007.

Yelena Isinbayeva – Now

After retiring from pole vaulting in 2016, Michelle was elected to serve 8 years on the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission. The commission is maintained by the IOC in order to represent athletes and provide them a link to the IOC. Only 12 members are voted in every eight years, and usually shortly after you are elected you become a member of the IOC as well, which is a huge honor for current and retired athletes.

Sanya Richards-Ross – Then

Sanya is a Jamaican-born track and field star who competes for the United States. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who took home the gold for the 400 m in the 2012 Games and the 4×400 relay in the 2004 Games. In 2008, she didn’t do as well, but still managed to win third place. She was named the number one best 400 m runners in the world from 2005 to 2009 and once more in 2012. If that’s not impressive, we don’t know what is!

Sanya Richards-Ross – Now

During the 2016 Olympic trials, Sanya unfortunately suffered from a horrible injury on her right hamstring that ultimately ended her career. No longer able to run, or compete in the 2016 Olympics like she had planned, she announced her retirement. Instead of competing, she worked on the other side as a commentator for the track and field events during the 2016 Summer Olympics. The former athlete is now a mom to an adorable baby boy and working as a writer. She recently published a book for kids titled Run With Me, and a book for adults called Chasing Grace.

Ebba Jungmark – Then

Ebba is a Swedish athlete known for her skills in high jumping. In 2006, she won 5th place at the World Junior Championships and went on to win a bronze the following year in the European U23 Championships. Her personal record stands at an impressive 1.96 m, which she accomplished in 2011. Her most recent medal is from the 2013 European Indoor Championships, where she took home silver.

Ebba Jungmark – Now

Ebba’s career was put on halt in 2013, not long after her European victory, after she suffered from a brutal ankle injury. The athlete was in rehabilitation for eight months, which caused quite a setback on her career. She continued competing here and there, but never was able to return to how she once was. In 2015, she started modeling for Adidas. She is still present on social media, and recently shared photos of her precious newborn baby on her Instagram.

Georganne Moline – Then

Georganne started her career as a high school star athlete in Arizona, where she was titled State Champion in the 100m and 300m hurdles. She later on became star of University of Arizona as well, where she was undefeated in every 400m hurdles event that she competed in during the entire 2012 season. Her incredible strength and talent earned her a spot on the 2012 Summer Olympics team at the age of 22, where she competed in the 400m hurdles.

Georganne Moline – Now

The bubbly and outgoing Arizona native sadly suffered from an injury in 2016, which led to her not making the 2016 Olympic team like she had hoped for. However, things are now looking up for her and in April this year, she had an amazing comeback and won first place in the Drake relays. She is now more confident than ever and is planning on a successful season ahead of her and doesn’t plan on retiring anytime soon.

Jennifer Oeser – Then

Jennifer is a retired heptathlete from Germany, who won eighth place in her first ever World Championships in 2002. The following year she improved tremendously and took home the gold medal in the European Athletics U23 Championships. By 2008, she had already made a name for herself and competed in Beijing Summer Olympics where she got 11th place. She continued to compete and eventually made her way to another Olympic Games in 2016, where she finished in 9th.

Jennifer Oeser – Now

Although Jennifer is now retired, she recently made headlines. Her bronze medal at the 2011 IAAF World Championships, was turned into a silver after the champion Tatyana Chernova was disqualified for illegally using performance-enhancements. She stood alongside the former second place, now first place champion Britain’s Jessica Ennis. It was an emotional day for the two of them, who had been cheated from their well-deserved medals for years.

Emma Green – Then

Emma is a former Swedish athlete known for her skill in high jumping. She had a pretty successful career, winning a bronze medal in the 2005 IAAF World Championships and representing her country in both the 2008 and 2012 Games. In 2010, she reached her personal best record of 2.01m at the European Athletics Championships, where she won the silver medal.

Emma Green – Now

Emma married her coach at the time, Yannick Tregargo. After a brief 3 year marriage the couple divorced in 2014. Now Emma has since retired from sports all together, and is working as a lecturer, often giving lectures related to mental health. The former athlete recently shared some exciting news on her Instagram with a picture of her little bump. She is pregnant with her first child with former Swedish basketball player Emil Salon.

Sandi Morris – Then

Sandi, who started her outdoor pole vaulting career in high school,  currently holds the US outdoor pole vaulting record at 5m. In 2014, she took home the gold medal at the NACAC U23. She competed on the US Olympic team in 2016, and did not fail to impress. She brought home a silver medal, at only 24-years-old. She gained another silver medal earlier this year at the World Championships in London.

Sandi Morris – Now

At the top of the top, Sandi has no plans on backing down any time soon. Of course, she is still trying to live the life of a somewhat normal 25-year-old and recently graduated from the University of Arkansas, where she studied Broadcast Journalism. When Sandi is not training or crushing it on the field, she enjoys singing and playing acoustic guitar and violin, and also has a passion for gardening.

Queen Harrison – Then

Queen’s father encouraged her at a young age, by waking her and her siblings up before school and making them do jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups and run every morning. His tough love eventually is what encouraged Queen to take on hurdling and sprinting at Virginia Tech. A natural athlete, Queen was the youngest member of the US Olympics team in 2008 at the age of 19- and became the first ever track and field athlete to compete in the Olympics. In 2010, she became a two-time NCAA Outdoor champion and in 2014 was runner-up in the USA Championships.

Queen Harrison – Now

In 2016, Queen Harrison finished in fourth place at the 2016 US Olympic Trials for track and field,  and sadly wasn’t qualified for the Olympic team. However, one month later she put that behind her as her boyfriend Will Claye proposed to Queen after getting his second Olympic silver medal in the triple jump. He literally jumped right over the stands and proposed to her, right there on live television. Luckily, she said yes and the adorable Olympian couple are now planning their upcoming wedding.

Hannah England – Then

Hannah is a British track and field athlete who specializes in middle-distance running in the 800m, 1500m and mile run. She started running as a young teen, and eventually continued running for her college team at Birmingham University, where she also studied Biochemistry. In 2011, she won the silver medal in the World Championship, and competed in the 2011 London Olympic Games, where she didn��t do as good, earning 19th place.

Hannah England – Now

In 2013, Hannah got married to a fellow British middle-distance athlete, Luke Gunn. Although Hannah is still training and sponsoring Nike UK, she will now be focusing on her newest position, as chair of the UK Athletics Athletes’ Commission. She will serve as chair for a four-year term, and is excited and honored to say the least. It is also no surprise that the tall blonde has also worked as a model, and recently modeled for Garnier Ambre Solaire sunscreen and natural bronzer.

Carly Schmidt – Then

Carly Schmidt is a college pole vaulter who is currently one of the best in the nation. Beginning her athletic career in high school out in Chicago, she went to compete for Auburn before leaving and transferring to the Indiana Institute of Technology. Competing at the national level, Carly has been a force to be reckoned with, and is the pride of this small midwestern school. She is also working with a private coach in order to achieve her dream of becoming an Olympic pole vaulter.

Carly Schmidt – Now

While she is still studying at the Indiana Institute of Technology, Carly Schmidt spends the majority of her non-study time at the gym. She is constantly working on her physique, and says that she favors high intensity workouts as she believes that not only do they achieve the best results, but they are also the most fun to do. During the off season when there are no track and field competitions, Carly poses in fitness competitions.

Michelle Jenneke – Then

Michelle Jenneke was stealing the show not too long ago. No, she was not super famous for taking her country to victory in the 100m hurdles, but instead because of her pre-race warm up. Jenneke’s warm up used to include a very seductive, well, let’s just say “wiggle” which men around the world went crazy for. In fact, her little dance went viral all over the place, and we think even contributed to her going to the 2016 Olympics.

Michelle Jenneke – Now

Sadly, Michelle Jenneke did not succeed as well as she might have hoped in the Olympics, failing to even get out of her heats during the competition. However, we are sure that she is not all that disappointed, as her little pre-warmup dance enabled her to get a career as a fitness model. She even appeared on Top Gear, and was ranked as one of the world’s most desirable women.

Leryn Franco – Then

Leryn Franco is a Paraguayan Olympian who is an expert in the Javelin through. She first took up throwing when she was in high school, winning tons of international competitions. For instance, Franco took home the gold for her javelin throwing back in 1998 at the South American Junior Championships in Manaus, Brazil as well as a bronze in 1999 at the South American Junior Championships in Venezuela. We guess living in the jungle has its perks!

Leryn Franco – Now

Leryn Franco continued and continues to compete in international competitions, representing Paraguay in the olympics. In fact, Franco has competed in Athens in the 2004 Olympic games, Beijing in 2008, and London in 2012 (yet interestingly, she wasn’t in the Rio games right next door in Brazil). On top of all of this, Franco was noticed by modelling agencies all over the world, and the modelling contracts just keep on coming in.

Grete Sadeiko – Then

Grete Sadeiko is yet another heptathlete, this time from the northern Baltic country of Estonia. Sadeiko comes from a very sporty family, as her sister Grit is also a heptathlete. Sadeiko got to the number four spot in the World Junior Championships in Canada, and the ninth spot when the competition was held in Barcelona. She then signed on with Florida State University, combining her studies with her athleticism.

Grete Sadeiko – Now

Nowadays, Grete Sadeiko is less known for her sports abilities (despite coming in fifth place at the European U23 Championships which were held in her home country of Estonia in 2015). She is instead perhaps better known as the fiancee of Robert Griffin III. She announced that she was pregnant with his child before she got engaged to him in May 2017. The couple’s baby girl was born soon after, and they decided to name her Gloria.

Allison Stokke – Then

Allison Stokke was first noticed when she was in high school during a pole vaulting competition, and it was not just for her pole vaulting abilities. In fact, she was hounded by fans who wanted more of her, so much so that she even had to hire a media consultant to deal with the thousands of emails and letters she was receiving. And yet, for the benefit of all of us, she kept on pole vaulting well into college.

Allison Stokke – Now

Allison Stokke kept up her pole vaulting career through her years at University of California, Berkeley. She also tried to make it into the 2012 Olympics in London, United Kingdom, but she did not perform all that great. No matter though, as she instead decided to become a sports and fitness model for Nike, Athleta, Uniqlo, and even GoPro. Perhaps unsurprisingly, her GoPro clips have received millions of hits on YouTube, enabling us to watch her at every angle.

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