Kory Merrill Tarpenning (born February 27, 1962 in Portland, Oregon) is a retired American pole vaulter best known for finishing fourth at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, having previously competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.[1]


His personal best vault was 5.89 m (19 ft 3+34 in), achieved in July 1988 in Indianapolis.

Aside from his Olympic appearances, he came fourth at both the 1991 IAAF World Indoor Championships and 1994 IAAF Grand Prix Final. He also competed at the 1992 IAAF World Cup, but failed to register a valid mark.[1] He was a four time national champion in his discipline, having won at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1988 and 1989 and the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 1991 and 1994.[2][3] He also came second at the 1994 Prefontaine Classic, losing out to Sergey Bubka.[4] Tarpenning tested positive for anabolic steroid use in 1997 and was suspended for two years.[5]

After his athletic career, he moved to Monaco and was involved in the opening of the first Starbucks coffee house in the country.[6]


  1. ^ a b Kory Tarpenning athlete profile. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-10-15.
  2. ^ United States Championships (Men 1943-). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-10-15.
  3. ^ UNITED STATES INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS (MEN). GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-10-15.
  4. ^ "6 Jun 1994, Page 18 - Statesman Journal at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
  5. ^ "USATF - Anti-Doping - Athlete Suspensions". 2004-02-20. Archived from the original on 2004-02-20. Retrieved 2020-07-27.
  6. ^ "Princess opens Starbucks". Monaco Life. 2013-12-04. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07.