After qualifying for the past three World Championships teams (World Indoors in 2010, 2012 and World Outdoors in 2011), Lacy Janson will make a push for her first Olympic team in the pole vault. The Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) High School and Florida State University alum was ranked #3 is the U.S. in 2011 by Track & Field News. USA Track & Field caught up with Janson for a short Q & A as she continues her preparation for the Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field, which are scheduled for June 21-July 1 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Olympic Trials Q & A – Lacy Janson
Event: Pole Vault
PR: 4.60m/15-1 (2010)
Current Residence: Tallahassee, Fla.
College: Florida State ‘06
Hometown and High School: Cardinal Mooney (Fla.) H.S. ‘01
Give us an update on how you're feeling and how your training is going into the Olympic Trials?
“I am in a great place. I feel physically ready and my confidence is really high on the runway. I've had some great confidence builders in the last couple meets.”
How is your preparation different this season heading into the Trials?
“This year is no different than, say, last year for the World Championships. Every USA Championship competition is important to me and we train that way.”
Is there anything specific in your training heading into the Trials that you're choosing to focus on?
“At this point I'm trying to find a momentum in competitions and keep working on the top end of my jump.”
You had an outstanding 2011 season. How much did that mean going into an Olympic year?
“2011 was a huge step in my overall confidence as a jumper. I overcame some personal mental obstacles and competed well in situations that would have defeated me in previous seasons. The things I learned have carried over to this season to help me out in times that were frustrating, so 2011 was imperative to this year's success so far.”
What is your favorite thing about the pole vault?
“My favorite part when you look back at things that used to be hard for you and wonder why they caused you so much trouble in the first place.”
You competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials, what was your favorite thing about the Trials and competing at Hayward Field?
“The atmosphere is unbeatable at Hayward for the Trials. It is great for any meet they have, but I thought they did a great job of making it a spectacle for both the fans and athletes.”
What height do you anticipate it taking to get to London?
“That is really a tough call to make. Every meet is so different and just when you think one thing, it goes the other way. I'm thinking girls will be pumped up and in top form, so maybe around 4.60m.”
How many different women do you see having a chance to making the team?
“Everybody does. That's the nature of pole vault.”
Who do you see as your biggest competition at the Olympic Trials?
“Myself. I know I have the ability. I just need to jump to my ability.”
What would a spot on Team USA for the Olympic Games mean for you?
“It would mean quite a lot. I thought about going to the Olympics when I was seven years old and doing ice creams scoops on the balance beam. It's real now and very exciting.”