Vala Flosadóttir

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This is an Icelandic name. The last name is a patronymic, not a family name; this person is referred to by the given name Vala.

Vala Flosadóttir (born 16 February 1978 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic former athlete competing in the pole vault.[1]


She saw her heyday in the late nineties, when she set five world junior records and two world indoor records. She won various competitions, the greatest performance being the bronze at the 2000 Olympics with 4.50 metres, a lifetime best. She is the only woman from Iceland to win an Olympic medal.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Iceland
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st 4.16 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th 4.00 m
European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 2nd 4.00 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 4.40 m
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 3rd 4.20 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th 4.15 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 2nd 4.45 m (iNR)
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 4.30 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 12th 4.25 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 4th 4.30 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 4.50 m (NR)
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 23rd (q) 4.15 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 9th (q) 4.30 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 22nd (q) 4.00 m


  1. ^ Vala Flosadóttir profile at IAAF