Little Sister Success: Johanna Duplantis

Johanna Duplantis aiming for her 4th Straight state title

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 12:55 AM

Lafayette, LA (KADN) -- Johanna Duplantis has been pole vaulting since she was six years old. She's the three-time state champion. Her winning formula is simple. 

"You can't just go to practice and be lazy," the senior pole vaulter said. "You have to put it all in practice and the meets and everything."

Now Johanna is trying to qualify at regionals Wednesday to qualify for a fourth state championship. She does it all dealing with the shadow of being Mondo Duplantis's little sister. He's a world record holder pole vaulter ready to compete in the Olympics this summer.

"I think it is cool that they look up to my brother," Johanna said. "They look up to me because of my brother and I think that's cool."

"I just tell her to pretty much just find her own niche at what she wants to do," her mother Helena Duplantis said. "It doesn't have to be sports. She's been around pole vault or so long it comes naturally for her."

Johanna's mom trains her for workouts only and her dad handles the pole vault practices. They figured out that setup after a small, but memorable accident in the backyard.

"We have a pole vaulting pit in the backyard," Johanna said. "I planted and flew into  the ginger bush and my mom's never coached me again."
Few people could fit in her little sister shoes, but she running forward to LSU next season ready to excel at the next level.

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