SOCHI SCENE: Putin for Plushenko

Of all of the events that Russian President Vladimir Putin could have attended, he chose the one that brought Russia its first gold medal. The new team event at the Sochi Games had been largely perceived as Evgeni Plushenko's best chance to win Olympic gold. It attracted a crowd of Russian Olympic champions and Putin, who wore red fleece bearing the logos of two Russian companies...
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February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Isinbayeva still Olympic ambassador

Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva will remain an ambassador for the Youth Olympics. Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality last August at the world championships, saying Russians have "normal" heterosexual relations. The next day, Isinbayeva said her comments in English may have been misunderstood and that she is against any discrimination. Asked whether it was appropriate...
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October 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Rogge: IOC to consider Isinbayeva ambassador role

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the Olympic body will consider whether Russian pole vault star Yelena Isinbayeva should be dropped as an Olympic ambassador following her comments about homosexuals. Rogge says ''this is something we will consider in due time.'' Isinbayeva is an ambassador for the Youth Olympics. She is also the ''mayor'' of one of...
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September 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Isinbayeva backs off anti-gay remark

A day after condemning homosexuality, Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva appeared to back off from her critical words Friday by saying her comments in English may have been "misunderstood."
Via Fox Olympics
August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Anti-gay law divides athletes

Pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva has condemned homosexuality after criticizing fellow competitors who painted their fingernails in rainbow colors to support gays and lesbians in the face of a new anti-gay law in Russia.
Via Fox Olympics
August 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Isinbayeva to quit after Moscow worlds

Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she will end her career after next month's athletics world championships in Moscow. Isinbayeva has dominated the sport for a decade, setting 17 outdoor world records and 13 indoors. Her most recent was indoors in Stockholm in February. She won the Olympics in 2004 and 2008 and took bronze last year in London. Isinbayeva...
Via Fox Sports
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Pole vault champ retiring

Two-time Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva says she will end her career after next month's athletics world championships in Moscow. Isinbayeva has dominated the sport for a decade, setting 17 outdoor world records and 13 indoors.
Via Fox Olympics
July 24, 2013  |  Discuss

American Suhr ends Isinbayeva's pole vault streak

Jenn Suhr of the United States won the gold medal in the women's pole vault on Monday, ending Russian Yelena Isinbayeva's bid for a third straight Olympic title. Suhr won after clearing 4.75 meters at her second attempt, and missed every attempt at 4.80. Yarisley Silva also cleared 4.75 on her second attempt for a Cuban national record, but lost on a countback and took...
Via AP on Fox
August 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Isinbayeva eyeing swansong vault

If you want to get a glimpse of one of the outstanding superstars of the last decade, pole-vaulter, Yelena Isinbayeva, then make sure that you do not miss her attempt at a third Olympic gold medal, as it may well be her swansong. The beautiful Russian with the captivating eyes is getting fed up with the pressure of being at the top for so long, and it is noticeable, in that a degree...
Via Cuzoogle
July 27, 2012  |  Discuss

British pole vaulter Holley Bleasdale calls world champ Yelena Isinbayeva a ‘tramp’

Yelena Isinbayeva is widely considered to be the best female pole vaulter in the world. The 29-year-old holds 27 world records and is a gold medal favorite heading into the London Olympics. Because of her infamous routine during competition, many of Isinbayeva’s opponents do not think very highly of her. During the early rounds of pole vaulting competitions, Isinbayeva does not...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

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