By Candace M. Ruocco.
The 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be Idlette’s first. She will run the 100-meter hurdles.
The daughter of a Dominican national, Idlette maintains dual citizenship that allows her to compete for the Dominican Republic.
Idlette first ran track in high school and continued competing through college and graduate school. After graduating, she decided to compete professionally. She also decided to be a professional student.
She says she finds many similarities between studying law and track training.
“In athletics, people put things off until the big competitions at the end of the season—just like in law school when people procrastinate because their only grade is the final exam,” she says. “You get out what you put in.”
Group training programs are another parallel. Idlette says she trains with a team composed of a “good mix” of other Olympians where the competition is robust but collegial. Every teammate has qualified for the 2012 Olympics and most have medals from previous games.
Idlette says maintaining a routine helps her balance her various commitments. For example, she says she avoids late-night, caffeine-riddled eating habits.
“Having a healthy lifestyle gives you more energy and focus in general,” she says. “Making a schedule and sticking to it (is key). . . . You’re never too busy for anything you truly want to do.”
Although law school is stressful, Idlette says she copes by having outside interests. She is a member of the Hispanic Law Students Association and the Black Law Students Association.
The variety of academic commitments force Idlette to make athletic sacrifices and attend fewer track meets.
After her spring exams, Idlette will travel to the Dominican Republic to train and to compete in the National Championships in June. She will travel to London with her team in mid-July and prepare for her specific event in early August. Idlette says she hopes to continue running competitively until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Idlette said her determination helps her overcome on- and off-track hurdles. She said skills developed during her track career helped her overcome several “really bad falls” early on.
One fall bruised her heel and required her to wear a boot during her first three weeks of law school. A facial scar serves as visual evidence of another particularly bad fall but is also a valuable reminder, Idlette says.
“Because if you’re going to fall, you might as well win,” she says.
LAVONNE AFTER CLASS
AFTER GRADUATION PLANS
Continue to run for a few more years and start transitioning into athlete management and contract negotiation.
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Zoe Saldana and Reagan Gomez
ON THE BUCKET LIST
To cliff dive in Fiji
WHAT YOU CAN’T STUDY WITHOUT
Swedish Fish, a pumpkin spice latte, and different color sticky notes.
Candace M. Ruocco, Saint Louis University School of Law. A Hampton University School of Business graduate, Idlette earned her MBA from and is now a 1L at Florida A&M University College of Law.
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