Women's Pole Vault Video with Stacy Dragila
produced. October, 1997
Several years ago I was fortunate enough to work with Stacy Dragila and Dave Nielson to produce a video for an up and coming sport - Women's Pole Vault.
Stacy Dragila is perhaps Idaho State University's most versatile female athlete of all time. She holds three school records and has scored 5240 points in the heptathalon, ranking her as one of America's best. It was only natural for her to pick up a new event, the pole vault. Since that time, she has set numerous American records, won the first ever Olympic Trials exhibition, set indoor and outdoor world records, and became the first ever female Olympic pole vault gold medalist in 2000.
Dave Nielsen has been head track and field coach at ISU since 1985. Dave was a Big Ten champion in the pole vault, earned All-American honors, and competed at the 1976 Olympic Trials. He has been Stacy's coach since 1992 and is largely responsible for the formation and promotion of the women's pole vault.
Stacy and Dave explain an effective, safe, and efficient method for introducing women to the pole vault. Their training techniques encompass all ability levels from beginner to elite vaulter.
Career Highlights: Nine-time U.S. Outdoor champion (‘96, ‘97, ’99-‘05); 2000 Olympic gold medalist; Two-time World champion (1999 [ 2001)] 1997 World Indoor champion; Eight-time U.S. Indoor champion (‘96- ’01, ’03, ‘04); 2001 Goodwill Games and IAAF Grand Prix Final champion; Two-time Jesse Owens Award winner (’00, ’01)
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