2010 World Indoor Champion in the Long Jump, Fabrice Lapierre, is the latest athlete moving to the Altis. Competing for Australia, the 30 year old boasts an impressive career record; with a PR of 8.40 metres achieved on 14 July 2010 in Nuoro. In the same year, at the Australian National Athletics Championships, Lapierre clutched the national title with a wind assisted (+3.1m/s) last-round jump of 8.78m. This jump was the longest jump in the world under any conditions since Iván Pedroso’s 8.96 in Sestriere in 1995.
Recruitment Director Andreas Behm is delighted with the arrival of Lapierre: “Fabrice is one of my favorite athletes to watch compete. He looks like a distance runner who accidentally wandered onto the long jump runway … until he sprints down the runway and explodes off the board.”
We sat down with Fabrice to find out more.
Fabrice, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Tell us a little about where you’re from – what is your home town?
What School did you attend and what is your degree in?
I went to Texas A&M where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Have you competed in other sports?
Yep, I played Soccer.
When you’re not on the track, what do you do?
Generally watching netflix or playing fifa on the PS4.
What has been the highlight of your career in T&F so far?
Jumping 28″9 wind assisted, and winning the World Indoor Championships.
What’s your favorite movie?
And your favorite meal?
Steak and Italian food.
Do you have a sporting hero?
David Beckham is my sporting hero!
What’s on your playlist if you listen to music before competitions?
Has to be Eminem.
What are your career goals?
To my fulfill my potential and win medals.
What do you hope to be doing after your athletic career is finished?
Real Estate development.
What does T&F need to do to build its popularity in North America?
1. Have a meet no longer than 2 hours and without those long 5-10 minute breaks between events.
2. No events over 1500m.
3. Allow alcoholic beverages and betting on athletes.
4. Have cheerleaders to interact with the crowd.
What does success look like to you?
Being happy and satisfied.
What are the 3 most important factors that determine your success?
Passion, perseverance, confidence.
What motivates you to reach this success?
Reaching my true potential and being the best I can be.
What has prevented you from succeeding in the past?
Injuries, bad decisions.
What can prevent you from succeeding in the future?
Same as above.
Why did you choose to join Altis?
Because of the great coaches, the support staff and their passion to make you better.
What are you most looking forward to about being based here?
Training in a professional atmosphere with athletes that are aiming for the same thing I am.
Is there anything you are dreading?!
Throwing up after a hard running workout!
Fabrice is on Twitter. You can follow him here.