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Nelly song motivates Abby Lazard

Senior Abby Lazard competes in the high jump, long jump and triple jump for the Central Lafourche girls' track and field team. (Photo by Michael Conti/Staff)

Michael Conti

Staff Photographer

Athlete in Focus is a new weekly feature appearing in The Courier and Daily Comet.

Every Tuesday, an athlete from a different area school will be given a personal interview about their life, passions and aspirations. The column aims to present a different side of our athletes to readers, rather than recognize a specific achievement.

Today's athlete is Central Lafourche senior track standout Abby Lazard. She competes in three events for the Lady Trojans — high jump, long jump and triple jump.

Q: Do you have a favorite pre-game meal, or comfort food before competition?

A: I try not to eat before I run because you'll feel so much heavier. I'll have something light, like pickles or a banana.

Q: What types of music do you listen to when working out? Do you have a favorite song that you get pumped up to?

A: I always listen to one song, during the whole season. This season it's Nelly's "The Champ." I'll listen to it before and after a meet.

Q: How do you celebrate a win or success in your sport?

A: I post some of the lyrics to "The Champ" to my Facebook, I'm sure some of my friends don't know why I always post the same song.

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?

A: Marion Jones. I read her autobiography and it inspired me to get my tattoo (a sprinter's shoe with wings).

Q: What is your favorite sport?

A: Track.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?

A: Math.

Q: What do you want to do after graduation?

A: I want to go to med school and become an OBGYN.

Q: What would your dream job be?

A: My dream job is to become a doctor, but if I could be an Olympic athlete, that would be icing on the cake.

Q: What are some of your goals for the season?

A: I want to PR (personal record) in every meet of the season, and I want to get a 5-foot, 6-inch jump in the high jump.

Q: What is one thing people might not know about you?

A: I'm a big Harry Potter fan. I've actually had a dream about casting spells, one when I woke up I realized that the spells I used were wrong.

Q: When you're training for your sport, what is your diet like? Is there something you've cut out to stay healthy?

A: I try not to drink soft drinks because I get cramps after I drink them.

Q: What was the best advice you were ever given in relation to your sport?

A: The best advice I've been given is just to have fun with it. If I'm not having fun, I don't do as well. I would get nervous before a competition, so I'll have a friend read me jokes before a track meet.