My Life As… A Steeplechaser – Genevieve LaCaze

Genevieve LaCaze is an Australian athletics competitor who specialises in the 3000 metre steeplechase. She represented Australia at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. And she is about to do it again, this time at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in her native Gold Coast.

Life and career

As a teenager, Genevieve LaCaze won the national schools U18 3000m in 2006, before running a PB of 9:38.74 to win silver in the Zatapek U20 race.

In 2008, she commenced an athletics scholarship at the University of Florida. In her first year on the track in 2009, she ran distances from 1500m to 5000m and made her steeplechase debut with a modest 10:30.79. She qualified and ran the 5000m at the NCAA Championships.

After an unspectacular 2010 US college season, Genevieve LaCaze made a breakthrough in 2011 running four PBs. Bringing her steeple best down to 9:59.44 and placing fifth in the NCAAs. In her final year at college (2012), she set career best marks over 800m, 1500m, the mile, 5000m and the steeple. Winning a silver in the latter at college championships. She was also selected in the steeplechase for the London Olympics where she set a PB (9:37.90), but was eliminated in the heats.

In 2013 and 2014, Genevieve LaCaze continued to trim her bests. And the highlight of her year was fifth in the steeplechase at the Commonwealth Games. In 2015, she ran a 5000m PB (16:05.60) and was consistent in the steeple. Competing in the heats at the world championships in Beijing.

Rio Olympics

The year later in 2016, LaCaze compiled a stunning campaign of performances. From May 1 to September 9, she made two Olympic finals, broke the national steeplechase record and ran 14 PBs. Maybe even more spectacular were her 27 days (13 August to 9 September) where she set five PBs (3 in the Olympics) in eight races and broke the Australian record.

Her Rio campaign was of the highest quality, placing ninth in the steeplechase and 12th in the 5000m finals.

My Life As… a Steeplechaser – Genevieve LaCaze

In this episode, we spend 3 minutes in the life of Genevieve LaCaze, one of Australia’s biggest star at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Additional Information

Episode Length: 3:31 minutes
Sport: Steeplechase (Athletics)
Producer: Michael Lynch
Executive Producer: Edris Toussaint
Production Company: More Than A Game Productions
Published on April 3, 2018

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