Feb. 10, 2004
Newcomer Cedric Nabe has joined the Florida State track and field program this spring looking to make a change. The first-year student, from Geneva, Switzerland, comes with a long list of 18 and under accomplishments in his native country and is ready to make an even bigger splash on this side of the pond.
Prior to coming to Tallahassee, the 20-year old, former Lycee Saint-Joseph standout ran three years of track and field and has been a lifelong soccer player. Nabe was a 100m semifinalist at the 2002 World Junior Championships in Jamaica. He is a three-time junior Swiss champion in the 100m and 200m events beginning in 2001 and most recently earning the honor in 2003. At the Junior France Champions, the intended computer science major place second (2001, 2002) and third (2003). Nabe holds the Geneva record in the 100m and 200m events.
Since the opening of the indoor track and field season in December, Nabe has competed in two meets both in Gainesville, FL (Florida Intercollegiates and Gator Invite).
Sports Information sat down with Nabe to get a perspective of his decision to come to Florida State and his transition into running, school and life.
Sports Information: Why did you choose to come to Florida State?
Cedric Nabe: The first thing that attracted me to Florida State is the weather. It’s not as cold as Geneva (Switzerland) – my hometown. I also like the facilities. The people involved with the program, from fellow student-athletes to the coaches to the staff, are helping me out a lot in getting used to the life and culture in the United States.
SI: What do you like most about Tallahassee?
CN: I like the environment here and the fact that people like to did many different things. Tallahassee is not that big but you can find almost everything you want. You can’t be bored here because there are so many things to do. Also, the people here are cool, friendly and a little talkative.
SI: What do you miss most about Geneva?
CN: I miss my family and my friends. I don’t really miss so many things about my hometown because when I left it was cold.
SI: How have you had to adjust to the weather?
CN: Well, I love the warm weather and have trained in it many times before. I’m fortunate because I haven’t had to adjust so much to compete here.
SI: What are some of your goals for the 2004 spring track season?
CN: I have many goals. The first is that I want to run in the NCAA Championships. I want to compete in the 4x100m relay to help my team become one of the top squads in the country. On the Olympic side, I would love to run in the 200m in the 2004 Olympic Games. I also want to beat some of the Swiss people when I head back home after the season.