Janay DeLoach Soukup

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Janay DeLoach Soukup
Janay DeLoach Istanbul 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Janay Deloach
Nationality American
Born (1985-10-12) 12 October 1985 (age 29)
Panama City, Florida, United States
Residence Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Long jump
College team Colorado State
Club New York Athletic Club

Cynithia "Janay" DeLoach (born 12 October 1985) is a United States track and field athlete currently ranked second in the world for long jump. She was even listed in The Coloradoan's #3 Top Sports Story of 2011 about her road to the 2012 Olympics. She is currently signed to Nike, Otterbox, and Old Town Square Properties and trains in Colorado.[1]

Early years[edit]

She graduated from Ben Eielson High School located in Eielson AFB, Alaska May 19, 2003. Janay Deloach grew up as a "military brat" living in many different places but Eielson AFB and the Ravens became her home. She played basketball and track for the Ravens throughout high school and was even on the cheerleading team freshman year. She was the leading scorer for the Lady Ravens basketball team with quite a few scholarship opportunities as well.

She was recruited for scholarships in track and field as well as basketball and academics. She went to college at Colorado State University for track and field in fall 2003.

Professional career[edit]

She was 21st in the long jump at the U.S. 2008 Summer Olympic Trials for the long jump[2][3][4][5][6] She won the long jump at the Birmingham Grand Prix meeting and was sixth in the event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. She won her first major medal at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships, coming second to Brittney Reese with a clearance of 6.98 m.

2012 U.S. Olympic Trials[edit]

Janay competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon from 29 June-1 July 2012. While there she managed to earn the number three spot in the U.S. long jump finals with a jump of 7.03m (her career best).[7] With a new career best jump she made the 2012 U.S. Olympic team for long jump and will be competing in London in August. During the medal presentation Janay and her two fellow Olympic teammates were presented finishing medals from the track and field legend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

2014 US Indoor Track and Field Championships[edit]

Janay finished 2nd in New Mexico at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the 60 meter hurdles (7.82 seconds).

2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships[edit]

Janay finished 2nd in her prelim (8.01 seconds).
Janay finished 2nd in her semifinal (7.93 seconds).
Janay finished 5th in the World Final (7.90 seconds).
2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Athletics 60 meters hurdles

Personal life[edit]

Janay Deloach was born to Dede and William Deloach on October 12, 1985. Janay is married to Patrick Soukup. The pair had been dating for a few years after meeting on Colorado State's Track and Field team. Their wedding was held on the 8th of September 2012 at an undisclosed location. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and human development and family studies and a master's degree in occupational therapy.[8]


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