Sport: Track and Field
As a former national level hurdler in Russia, Tatiana took up pole vaulting when she migrated to Australia in 1997. Within 12 months of picking up a pole, she became one of the world's best, placing third in the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York. In her first appearance at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics she won the bronze medal.
But it was at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney when she stepped into the spotlight and became a household name. On a night when the whole of Australia was watching Cathy Freeman win gold, they had a real bonus in seeing Tatiana jump a personal best and win silver. The ensuing fame saw Tatiana take up a number of off-field commitments whilst still continuing to train and compete.
At the 2001 World Championships in Canada, competing against the odds due to an injury restricted campaign, Tatiana equalled her personal best to claim fourth. In the final competition of the season, as she had done in the Olympics, she edged very close to the world record with a clearance of 4.56m (a personal best jump) in Yokohama.
At her first Commonwealth Games in 2002, she went into the competition as the overwhelming favourite with enormous pressure on her, Tatiana's goal was to win gold and set a new Games Record — she achieved both.
In 2003 and 2004, despite maintaining a high standard and a place amongst the world's best, injury, illness and the emotional strain of her marriage breakup, resulted in her missing opportunities to represent Australia in the World Championships and Olympics. In 2005, Tatiana put all that behind her, changing her training regime, place of residence and focus in life. She had a successful season, making the finals of the World Championships and winning the Osaka GP to retain her Japanese Record set in 2001.
In 2006 Tatiana's focus was defending her title at the Commonwealth Games in front of her home crowd. The untimely, mysterious loss of her vaulting poles and a nagging hamstring injury days before the event saw Tatiana competing at a slight disadvantage. However, as the consummate big-time performer, she walked away with a silver medal in a performance that was close to her very best. 2006 was clearly her best ever international season where she jumped over 4.5m six times and recorded two new personal best heights within days of each other and regained a place in the top five.
Since 2000 Tatiana has appeared in numerous television programs and ad campaigns and magazines and has graced a number of magazines covers including from Inside Sport and Black+White to GQ in Italy and Esquire in the UK.
Her practical experience and desire to help others is now backed by her continuing studies towards a Health Science degree at the Australian College of Natural Medicine. She also had completed qualifications in Reiki, Pilates and Yoga.
In November 2007, Grigorieva and her partner Plamen Milanov opened the "Caffe e Gelato Milany" in the Brisbane suburb of Hamilton.
In December 2008 Grigorieva was named international spokesperson for the fruit bar CheekyChewz manufactured by the Australian company Australian Food Innovators. Her first project has been arranging an initiative that will see 50 cents from every bar sold through Variety's website donated to that organisation.
Women Athletes for Track and Field