Christa Bortignon could be next great masters vaulter — at 77

Toronto’s Globe and Mail, the No. 2 paper in Canada, turned its attention this week to that other track star from Vancouver. Not Olga Kotelko but her W75 pal Christa “IAAF World Best” Bortignon, setter of 14 world records and a birthday girl Wednesday. We learn, among other things, that Christa wants to be a vaulter. Good on her! Another W75 vaulter got some attention this week in a major paper. Flo Meiler of Vermont was featured in the National Enquirer. Haven’t seen the story, but it sounds cool. Anyway, Christa is a study in self-motivation, telling writer Margaret Webb: Making it fun is the most important thing. “It really has to be,” Christa says, “or it’s a drag on motivation.” Olga started at 77, so Christa has plenty of meets ahead of her. (And belated happy bday!)

Christa during a training session May 2, 2012, in Surrey, B.C. Photo by Jonathan Hayward /The Canadian Press

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January 31, 2014

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