Biography:

Geneviève Lalonde broke the Canadian record in the 3000m steeplechase on May 28, 2016, running 9:32.17 at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. She then made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, where Canada entered the women’s 3000m steeplechase for the first time at the Games. Lalonde advanced to the final where she finished 16th. She’d enjoyed a breakout season in 2015 when she won bronze in the steeplechase at the Pan Am Games in Toronto and made her IAAF World Championship debut in Beijing. Lalonde is still the Canadian junior record holder in the 3000m steeplechase, having set the mark of 9:57.74 with her sixth place finish at the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in her hometown of Moncton. She went on to win bronze at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie. Lalonde has battled through more than 10 stress fractures in her career.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Marc and Lynn Lalonde… Older sister Andrée and older brother Dan… Getting into the Sport: Began running cross-country at age 7 while watching her brother do dryland training for hockey but didn’t begin training seriously until her early teens… Got started when her friend’s father created a running team… Always dreamed of being the best she could be and knew that if she tried hard to beat boys, then maybe as a girl she could achieve her goal of representing Canada… Outside Interests: Currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Geography at the University of Guelph, doing research in the Arctic while training for Rio 2016… Loves chocolate… Athlete representative for IronWill… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Gen… Likes to watch a “really cheesy chick flick” before competing just to remind herself that no matter what, she is only human… Favourite motto: “Just have fun!”… Considers herself a pet rock collector…