She is among the best athletes in the world, she has won an Olympic gold medal in Rio and now she becomes the first Greek woman to win the title “European athlete for 2017” at the Golden Tracks award ceremony that was held in Vilnius. She is the one and only Katerina Stefanidi, a pole vaulter with incredibly… high aspirations.
“I am very happy to be the first Greek woman to win this award. I believe it is very important for the Greek sports. I have been watching these particular awards for many years and I can definitely say that it never crossed my mind that one day I would be invited, let alone to be awarded as the best European athlete”, said Stefanidi.
Stefanidi is also world and European champion and hopefully she has way more to give as she is only 27.
The trophy that went together with her title, was given to her by the 5th President of European Athletics, Svein Arne Hansen.
The pole vaulter left behind her world high jump champion Mariya Lasitskene from Russia, world heptathlon champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium and world hammer champion Anita Wlodarczyk from Poland…/IBNA
Text photo: Mark Shearman, Athletics Weekly (AW)