At the age of 16, Liz Parnov was named Australian flagbearer for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Parnov went into the Games with a personal best of 4.40m and won silver with a jump of 4.25m. The West Australian made her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Games where she was unable to record a jump in her qualification round.
Parnov is the daughter of pole vault guru Alex Parnov - coach of world, Olympic, world indoor and Commonwealth Games champion Steve Hooker. She is also the niece of pole vault Olympic silver medallist Tatiana Grigorieva and her grandmother is Natalie Tchistiakova won Olympic bronze for the USSR in the women's 400m at the 1968 Games. Her sister Vicky also competed in pole vault, competing at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.