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Deby LaPlante

Full name: Deborah C. "Deby" LaPlante (Lansky-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 3, 1953 in Trenton, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: San Diego State Aztecs, San Diego (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics


Debbie LaPlante ran the high hurdles for Eastern Michigan University. She was twice AAU Champion in the 100 hurdles, in 1978-79, and indoors won two AAU titles in the 60 yard hurdles in 1976 and 1978. She competed in the 1975 and 1979 Pan-American Games, winning medals both times, a silver in 1975 and gold in 1979. LaPlante also ran the hurdles at the 1979 World Cup, placing fourth. In 1978-79 LaPlante set four US records in the high hurdles. She competed at the 1980 US Olympic Trials, and was leading that final when she hit a hurdle and fell. Born as Debbie Lansky, she married Fred LaPlante, the US women’s hurdles coach who also coached track & field at San Diego State University from 1979-83, although they later divorced. LaPlante also appeared in the track & field movie Personal Best as one of the extras doing the actual athletics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.94 (1979); 200 – 24.44 (1979); 100H – 12.86 (1979).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles United States USA 6 h1 r2/3

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 6 13.36 8
1976 Summer 23 Montréal Athletics United States Round One Heat Two 4 QU 13.51 6
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