Becky Holliday Biography
After nearly a decade of competition as a post-collegiate professional, Holliday secured her first Olympic team berth with her second place finish at the 2012 Olympic Trials. Holliday did not pick up pole vault until the age of 16 after a completing a distinguished career in gymnastics, where she was a four-time state champion in the all-around category in 12-16 age group and a three-time regional champion. It did not take her long to establish herself as a national-caliber pole vaulter. She was ranked #7 in the U.S. at the end of the 2001 season, in which she placed 5th at USA Outdoors and 8th at the World University Games. She won the Nevada state prep title as a senior in 1998 and took fourth as a junior. Attended Clackamus Community College before transferring to Oregon, where she was a psychology major. She has held numerous jobs while training and pursuing her dream including everything from waitressing to baggage handling. Splits her time training in Chula Vista, Calif. and Jonesboro, Ark.
- 2011 Bronze Medalist at Pan American Games
- 2nd at 2012 Olympic Trials
- 2012 Olympic Finalist
- Ranked top 10 in the USA from 2003-2013
How did you start in your sport?
Started pole vault in high school after a long gymnastics career.
What does a typical training day look like?
Only vaults twice a week. Vaulters need a lot of rest days as its hard on the body and brain. Its all out event every day. On other days, I am running, lifting, doing gymnastics, and plyometric work. On days that I do vault, I train for about 7 hours.
What keeps you passionate about your sport?
Pole vault is very addicting. For me, I think I like it so much because it pushes me mentally and physically. On the runway, if you ever doubt yourself or get scared, there are fears of bigger pole or bad wind and you have to stay even more relaxed. When overcoming these fears, its one of the best feelings in the world.
What made you realize you had made it?
The day I missed the 2008 Olympic Team by two inches. To be thta close, I knew I had it in me to accomplish one of the biggest goals of my life, to become an Olympian.
Check out elite ASICS pole vaulters April Steiner-Bennet and Becky Holliday getting some massive air as they compete in the Pole Vault in the Mall event during the 2013 Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.