Friday Flashback: DeLoach wins Olympic bronze medal in 2012
The greatest track and field athlete in Alaska history, Janay DeLoach of Fairbanks is one of the most successful long jumpers on the planet with four U.S. championships, a Worlds silver medal and an Olympic bronze medal.
At the 2012 London Games, she nabbed the bronze on her fifth and final attempt by the slimmest of margins.
A broken left ankle in 2013 forced her to abandon her traditional takeoff and switch to using her right leg. She still qualified for the World Championships and became the first woman to jump 6.95 meters off either leg.
In 2016, she made another trip to the Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro.
DeLoach was also a world-class hurdler and often times competed in both the 60-meter hurdles and long jump at the same event. It was called the ‘DeLoach Double.’
At the prestigious Millrose Games, the world’s longest-running indoor track and field meet dating 112 years, she won the long jump in 2013 and the hurdles in 2014 and 2016.
In 2014, DeLoach qualified for Worlds in the hurdles after a second-place finish at the US Championships. That year she also won hurdles races at the Millrose Games and Boston Grand Prix.
At Colorado State University, she racked up five school records and was a 4-time NCAA All-American.
DeLoach, of Eielson High fame, was a 7-time state champion in high school from 2000 to 2003. She won three titles in the 100 meters and four titles in the long jump, an event in which she still holds the Alaska state record of 19 feet, 5 inches.
Friday Flashback is a series created by Alaska Sports Hall of Fame blog editor Van Williams that looks back on great Alaska athletes from the past. To read about other Alaskans featured in this series, click here.