Samyr Lainé

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Samyr Laine
Samyr Laine by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Personal information
Born (1984-07-17) July 17, 1984 (age 37)
Nyack, New York
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Country Haiti
Event(s)Triple Jump
Coached byEmanuel "Skeeter" Jackson
Achievements and titles
World finalsTriple Jump, 2013, Moscow
Olympic finalsTriple Jump, 2012, London
Highest world ranking7
Personal best(s)Outdoors: 17.39m – 2009, Indoors: 16.91m – 2010
Updated on 27 December 2014.

Samyr Laine (born July 17, 1984 in Nyack, New York) is a Haitian-American triple jumper who competed for Haiti at the 2012 Summer Olympics and other international competitions since the 2007 Pan American Games.[1]

Early life[edit]

Laine's parents were born in Haiti. He began participating in sports in the 7th grade, where he was relegated to the distance events because of his size.[clarification needed] Laine joined the team for the sprints, but ended up running the mile, 2-mile and steeplechase that year. The following year he picked up tennis for three years, even playing for his high school tennis team at Newburgh Free Academy.[citation needed]

During the 2000 Sydney Olympics Laine watched and recorded every athletics event. The Games served as his inspiration and he began to train in anticipation of the 2000–2001 season. He trained and was able to negotiate his way into the 200m/400m group, with some horizontal jumping sprinkled in to help the team with points. He stepped away from the track again to focus on his schooling and debating, having been a member of the debate team since the 8th grade. Laine continued to train and competed at New York's Empire State Games during the summer.[citation needed]

Education and training[edit]

During his senior year of high school was when he was able to get a full year of athletics. He made substantial gains that year in what would quickly become his best event, the triple jump, improving from the 42 feet (12.80m) the year before to 45 feet (13.70m) indoors and then 46 feet (14m) outdoors, good enough for 3rd place at the State Championships. After being recruited by nearly all the Ivy League Schools, Laine chose to attend Harvard University.[citation needed] In his freshman year, he was roommates with Mark Zuckerberg.

In his four years at Harvard University his jump improved over 7 feet (2.15m). After two second-place finishes at the conference championships in his freshman year, he placed first in indoors and outdoors for the next two years. In his junior year, although battling with some injuries, he was able to achieve the status of All-American at the NCAA Championships. At that meet, he set what was the Ivy League record at the time and is still the Harvard University triple jump record of 51 feet, 11 1/4 inches and Harvard's outdoor triple jump record of 53 feet, 7 1/2 inches. The following year he struggled with more injuries and was forced to “red shirt” his final outdoor season and watch the team of which he had been voted captain from the sidelines.[1] His injury enabled him to use his final season of collegiate eligibility at the University of Texas at Austin, where he finished his graduate program in 2007. He was able to return to his 2005 form, and achieved the Pan American Games standard. He later graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2010.[citation needed]

Athletic career[edit]

It was in 2007 that he first competed under the Haitian flag. Although he was born in the United States, both of his parents and the majority of his extended family had emigrated from Haiti, which allowed him to represent the nation at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and beyond.[citation needed]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Haiti
2007 Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10th Triple jump 15.45 m (wind: +1.3 m/s)
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 29th (q) Triple jump 16.34 m (wind: 0.0 m/s)
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 16th (q) Triple jump 16.30 m
Central American and Caribbean Games Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 3rd Triple jump 17.01 (wind: +0.3 m/s)
2011 Central American and Caribbean Championships Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1st Triple jump 17.09 m (wind: -0.5 m/s)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 19th (q) Triple jump 16.38 m (wind: +0.1 m/s)
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 5th Triple jump 16.39 m (wind: +1.4 m/s)
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 13th (q) Triple jump 16.06
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 11th Triple jump 16.65 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 11th Triple jump 16.09 m (wind: -0.8 m/s)
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 5th Triple jump 16.43 m (wind: -0.5 m/s)
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 10th (q) Triple jump 16.13 m
Pan American Sports Festival Ciudad de México, México 2nd Triple jump 17.10 m A (wind: +0.2 m/s)
Central American and Caribbean Games Xalapa, México 6th Triple jump 16.08 m A (wind: -0.8 m/s)
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 6th Triple jump 16.43 m (wind: +0.8 m/s)
2015 NACAC Championships in Athletics San José, Costa Rica 4th Triple jump 16.38 m (w)
World Championships Beijing, China 22nd (q) Triple jump 16.23 m

Personal bests[edit]

Event Result Venue Date
Long jump 7.07 m (wind: +0.2 m/s) Raleigh, North Carolina 28 Mar 2008
Triple jump 17.39 m A (wind: +1.3 m/s) Bogotá 24 Jul 2009
Long jump 7.18 m Hanover, New Hampshire 25 Feb 2006
Triple jump 16.91 m Fairfax, Virginia 27 Feb 2011

Personal life[edit]

Laine currently[when?] trains and resides in the Washington, D.C. area and speaks fluent French. Laine is working on his Jump for Haiti Foundation, which will focus on mentoring Haitian children and developing more Haitian athletes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Mark Zuckerberg's college roommate at Harvard, Samyr Laine, jumps into Olympics". Bloomberg News. July 11, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-11.

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