Katerina Stefanidi has been a pole vaulter since she was 10 years old. She has competed as an international elite athlete for over 10 years. Katerina received her first major championship medal in 2005 at the age of 15 at the World Youth Championships in Morocco. Earlier that year she had also set a new World Youth record with a jump of 4.37m in Athens. Since 2005 Katerina has won medals in multiple international competitions, including World Junior Championships, European U23 Championships, World University Games, PAC12 and NCAA Championships, European Indoor and Outdoor Championships, and World Indoor Championships. The highlight of her career to date is winning the gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Katerina also graduated from Stanford University (2012) with a BA in Human Biology, concentrating in Neuropsychology, and went on to finish her MA in Cognitive Psychology at Arizona State University. Katerina is currently focusing on her athletic career, training with her husband and coach Mitchell Krier, but is planning on returning to school to receive her Ph.D. Stefanidi and Krier would also like to open a track club where they can share their knowledge and love of the sport with younger kids.