Renaud Lavillenie

France

Fast Facts

  • Birthplace:

    Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, France

  • Birthdate:

    September 18,1986

  • Event:

    Pole vault

  • Personal Best:

    Outdoor: 6.05 meters

    Indoor: 6.16 meters

  • On-Track Shoe:

    Nike zoom pv3

  • Residence:

    Clairmont-Ferrand, France

Transformative Moment

Breaking the world indoor pole-vault record in 2014 and winning gold in the pole vault at the 2012 Summer Games.

Renaud Says

My nickname is...

Machina.

My pre-competition music is...

electronic dance music.

My good luck charm is...

being in the moment and embracing the mood of the day.

I’m inspired by...

Sergey Bubka, because he was the best for more than 15 years, and Jean Galfione, because he was one of the best French athletes of all-time.

On my day off...

I ride a motorbike on a road track. I raced Le Mans in 2013 and finished in 25th place.

If I wasn’t an athlete...

I would probably be a coach.

My favorite meal is...

pizza and pasta.

I support...

UNICEF.

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