Johnson at the 2009 World Championships
|Full name||Chelsea Johnson|
December 20, 1983 |
|Achievements and titles|
|World finals||2nd at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics|
|Personal best(s)||Pole vault:
Chelsea Johnson (born December 20, 1983 in Atascadero, California) is a former American pole vaulter. She is the daughter of Jan Johnson, who won three NCAA championships and a bronze medal in the pole vault at the 1972 Summer Olympics. She won the silver medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, but retired from the sport two years later.
Coached by her father while at Atascadero High School in central California, Chelsea won the pole vault at the 2002 CIF California State Meet. Two years earlier she had placed fifth in the 300 hurdles, behind future World Championship performers Lashinda Demus and Nichole Denby.
At the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin, Johnson tied for silver alongside Monika Pyrek of Poland with a jump of 4.65 metres. The following year, she won at the Millrose Games and was selected for the 2010 World Indoor Championships. Johnson did not qualify to compete in the pole vault final, finishing in 11th place in the qualification round.
She decided to retire from the sport at the age of 27, saying that her enthusiasm for competition had waned.
|Pole vault (outdoor)||4.73||Los Gatos||June 26, 2008|
|Pole vault (indoor)||4.62||Flagstaff||February 19, 2010|
- Hersh, Philip (August 18, 2009). "Chelsea Johnson ties for silver in pole vault". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships: Women's pole vault qualifying round". IAAF. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "News briefs from around the world - June 18". Track Alerts. June 18, 2011. Retrieved July 3, 2011.
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