Stacy Dragila

Stacy Dragila
Stacy dragila.jpg
Dragila at the 2005 Reno Pole Vault Summit
Personal information
Birth nameStacy Renée Mikaelsen
Born (1971-03-25) March 25, 1971 (age 51)
Auburn, California, U.S.
Height5 ft 7+1⁄2 in (1.72 m)
Weight137 lb (62 kg)
CountryUnited States United States
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubNike, Beaverton
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Pole vault: 4.83 (2004)

Stacy Renée Dragila (née Mikaelson; born March 25, 1971) is an American former pole vaulter. She is an Olympic gold medalist and a multiple world champion.

Early life

Stacy Dragila standing in front of her photographic statue while being inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame

Dragila was born and raised in Auburn, California, northeast of Sacramento. She also participated in gymnastics, but had to give it up due to childhood asthma.

She attended Placer Union High School where she played volleyball and ran on the track team as a sprinter, hurdler, and jumper. Early on she got coaching from Yuba Community College's John Orognen. She competed in the 300 meters hurdles at the CIF California State Meet, but didn't place. In 1990, she placed second at the Golden West Invitational in the 400 meters hurdles.[1]

She graduated from Idaho State University in 1995. At ISU, she competed in the heptathlon. She was introduced to pole vaulting by her coach, a former vaulter himself, and she participated in some of the earliest sanctioned women's pole vault competitions.[2]

Pole vaulting career

Dragila won the women's pole vault competition at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials. Women's pole vault was a demonstration event at the Trials, and it was not included in the program of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.[3]

In March of 1997, she won the pole vault competition at the Indoor World Championships and set her first indoor world record, 4.48 m (14 ft 8 in). At the 1999 outdoor World Championships, she again won gold and set her first outdoor world record, 4.60 m (15 ft 1 in). Over the course of her career, she set or tied the indoor world record 8 times and set or tied the outdoor world record 10 times.

After winning the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and resetting the world record at 4.63 m (15 ft 2 in), she won the first women's pole vault Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Stacy Dragila accepting her induction into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame

Dragila made the World Championships in 2009 her final major championship. She finished with a jump of 4.25 m (13 ft 11+12 in), not progressing to the pole vault final.[4]

While she jumped 4.70 m (15 ft 5 in) at age 37, her 4.55 m (14 ft 11 in) vault at age 38 in 2009 was the ratified W35 Masters World Record until 2017.

In 2014, she was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.[5] Dragila Way, on the campus of Idaho State University in Pocatello, is named in her honor.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 1st Pole vault
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 1st Pole vault
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st Pole vault
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Alberta 1st Pole vault
2001 Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 1st Pole vault
2003 World Athletics Final Fontvieille, Monaco 1st Pole vault
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd Pole vault

National titles

The 1996 contest was a non-championship event


Stacy divorced Brent Dragila in 2006.[6]

She lived in San Diego, California, and is the founder of Altius Track Club.

Stacy now lives in Boise, Idaho, where she owns and coaches at a premier indoor/ outdoor pole vault facility, Dragila Vault Co.[7]

She married American discus thrower Ian Waltz and welcomed daughter Allyx (an alternative spelling of the standard 'Alex') Josephine Waltz on June 21, 2010.[2]


  1. ^ "Selected Meet Results" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on December 22, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Penny, Brandon (September 27, 2010). "A decade later: Stacy Dragila". USA Track & Field. Archived from the original on September 30, 2010.
  3. ^ Hymans, Richard. "The History of the United States Olympic Trials - Track&Field" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2018. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  4. ^ Landells, Steve (August 15, 2009). "Event Report - Women's Pole Vault - Qualification". IAAF. Archived from the original on September 26, 2009. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "USA Track & Field - Stacy Renée Mikaelsen Dragila". Archived from the original on December 23, 2014.
  6. ^ "CV-2006-0001399-DR (1008): Stacy R Dragila vs Brent C Dragila". Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Stacy Dragila Vault Co". Archived from the original on May 19, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2021.

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Preceded by Women's pole vault world record holder
August 21, 1999 – July 13, 2003
Succeeded by
Preceded by Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by