Career Highlights: Arguably the greatest female pole-vaulter in history, Isinbayeva is aiming to become the first woman to win three straight Olympic gold medals in track and field. She set a world record with a jump of 4.91 meters at the 2004 Games and established another record in 2008, clearing 5.05 meters. The three-time IAAF female athlete of the year, who became the first woman to clear five meters in the pole vault in 2005, owns 28 world records (15 outdoor and 13 indoor) and won nine consecutive gold medals in indoor and outdoor championships between 2004-09. She is also one of four track and field athletes to have won world championships in youth, junior and senior competitions along with an Olympic gold. After failing to clear a bar at the 2009 worlds and finishing fourth in the 2010 world indoors, Isinbayeva decided to take a year off to give herself a break from competing. After an 11-month hiatus, she returned with a bang, winning the 2011 Russian winter indoor meet with a jump of 4.81 meters and earning gold at the 2012 world indoors by clearing 4.80 meters.