11 NOV 2013 Series Gulfport, USA

Work, rest and play – Brittney Reese

Brittney Reese in the women's Long Jump at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 (Getty Images)Brittney Reese in the women's Long Jump at the IAAF World Championships Moscow 2013 (Getty Images) © Copyright

In the latest in our series of features focusing on the three main aspects of an athlete’s life – work, rest and play – we throw the spotlight on world and Olympic long jump champion Brittney Reese.

The US long jumper is gunning for a hat-trick of long jump titles at the IAAF World Indoor Championships held in Sopot, Poland, in March.


What is your favourite training session?

Brittney Reese: Yoga. I find it's pretty easy for me. My training partners and I love yoga sessions. It is not super hard for us, so when we have yoga it is a good day.

What is your favourite training venue?

BR: I would like to say every day I train in San Diego (at the Olympic Training Centre). The sun is always out. The great weather makes the weather always seem spring-like, which is perfect conditions to train in.

What is your favourite piece of coaching advice?

BR: Coach (Joe) Walker (Brittney’s ex-coach) told me before my World Indoor title win in Istanbul (in 2012) BFT – Be it, feel it and trust it.

What is your least favourite thing about being an athlete?

BR: The long flights. I don’t like not being able to sleep in my own bed or not being able to eat what I want.

What is your favourite music to listen to when training?

BR: I listen to everything, from gospel to hip hop to R&B.


What is your perfect non-training day?

BR: For me, it is relaxing on the couch, watching some sports on TV and playing video games. I love to play Grand Theft Auto and NBA2K14.

What is your favourite form of stress relief?

BR: I’d have to say yoga. It is a great stress reliever after a hard day’s training. Tuesday is a hard training day and to do yoga on a Wednesday really helps.

What is your favourite movie?

BR: Love & Basketball. I love basketball and I’m a big fan of the actress Sanaa Lathan.

What is your favourite music to chill out to?

BR: I listen to a lot of hip hop.

If you could pick any athlete in the world to relax with, who would it be?

BR: It would have to be JJK (Jackie Joyner-Kersee). She has become my mentor and it would great to spend time with her away from the track


We hear you are a big basketball fan. Do you follow a team?

BR: I don’t have a favourite team but I do follow my favourite players. I like to watch LeBron James, Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. I really like LeBron James. He is very confident, very passionate about his sport and loves to improve. I feel that I am similar to LeBron in this way.

What standard did you reach as a basketball player?

BR: I made the all-star team at high school and I made the Hall of Fame at my community college, which is a big accomplishment.

If you could pick one person from athletics who you think would make the best basketball player, who would it be?

BR: I would have to say David Oliver. He has big wide shoulders and would make a great centre. He reminds me of Dwight Howard (the NBA player).

What is your greatest basketball trick?

BR: I used to be able to do the hook. I don’t know whether I could do it now.

Which star basketball player would make the best long jumper?

BR: Derrick Rose. He can jump really high and I feel if you can jump high you can jump long. I’m thinking he could jump around 8.30m.

Steve Landells for the IAAF