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Q&A with Florida State Track & Field’s John Fallone

May 2, 2007



John Fallone, who is currently the No. 6 ranked men’s shot putter in the FSU record books, has enjoyed a successful career as a Seminole. He has been a great competitor for the Seminole track and field team since transferring from Virginia Tech in 2004 and earned his career-best throw of 59’8.5″ that same year. The Rochester, NY native sat down with Michael Kudlacik, an intern with Florida State Sports Information, to answer 15 Questions about his time here as a Seminole and his plans for the future.

Q: Can you give me one statement that sums up the experience you have had as a Seminole over the past 4 years?
A: I’ve had a lot of fun and the support here at FSU is amazing, it’s been a great opportunity and I feel blessed that I’ve had it.

Q: What brought you to Florida State from New York?
A: Mostly Track and Field, I really wanted to go to an athletic school where I could pursue shot put and also an academic career that has something to do with what I want to do when I graduate.

Q: What’s the biggest difference between New York and Florida?
A: The weather is a huge difference. When it is 50 degrees, it’s no big deal to me and everyone else is wearing sweatpants and earmuffs.

Q: What do you do to get ready before competition? Do you have a specific soundtrack?
A: I try to get in my zone, I listen to Breathe by Prodigy and I’m ready to go.

Q: Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
A: I’m not too ritualistic.

Q: What do you do in the off-season to prepare for the season?
A: I do a lot of lifting, I love lifting weights, I think I love it just as much as doing shot put. I spend a lot of time in the weight room, work on technique, watch some videos and go through the best way to prepare.

Q: What did it feel like to win the NCAA Championship last year?
A: It was a nice feeling; I wish I could have been there. It was nice to see everyone succeed and hopefully I’ll be there this year when we win it again.

Q: When did you start participating in Track and Field?
A: Freshman year of high school I just fell into it, I wanted to do something during the spring, so I tried shot put and it worked out well.

Q: Did you play any other sports growing up?
A: I played football and track in high school, wrestled for a couple years and also played baseball when I was younger.

Q: What has been your favorite moment as a Seminole?
A: My favorite moment was my best throw when I was a sophomore at the Florida State vs. UF dual-meet. On my last throw, I threw my best, which is 18.20 meters (59’8.5″). It was a culmination of all the hard work I had done.

Q: Which throwers do you look up to?
A: There’s a couple throwers that I’m in awe of; Ulf Timmerman, he’s a glider he doesn’t even spin, he’s such an amazing thrower, and John Godina, he’s a rotational thrower, I think his technique is as good as it gets for a spinner.

Q: Where would you visit if you could go anywhere in the world?
A: Moldives, there are a bunch of islands off the coast of India. That’s where I want to go on my honeymoon with my fiancée, it’s gorgeous.

Q: You recently participated in the Athlete/Faculty Home Run Derby, what was it like?
A: They moved it to Tuesday, hopefully I can hit a few home runs. I look forward to the Home Run Derby every year.

Q: What are your future plans after college?
A: I’m getting married on September 30th to Jessica Moran and I’m going to be trying to find a career. I would like to train athletes but I’d also like to build houses like my father. I’m going to try and figure out a combination between the two.

Q: What would you like to say to your coaches and teammates as you graduate this year?
A: I want to thank them for the opportunity and the experience; you can’t replace it with anything. The coaches see what happened to you whether it was good or bad, everyone ends up on a positive note. I really enjoyed my time here and the opportunities that I’ve been given, it’s been wonderful.

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