Deby LaPlante

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDeborah C. "Deby"•LaPlante (Lansky-)
Used nameDeby•LaPlante
Born3 April 1953 in Trenton, Michigan (USA)
Measurements169 cm / 58 kg
AffiliationsSan Diego State Aztecs, San Diego (USA)
NOC United States


Deby LaPlante ran the high hurdles for Eastern Michigan University. She was twice AAU Champion in the 100 hurdles, in 1978-79, and indoors won two AAU titles in the 60 yard hurdles in 1976 and 1978. She competed in the 1975 and 1979 Pan-American Games, winning medals both times, a silver in 1975 and gold in 1979. LaPlante also ran the hurdles at the 1979 World Cup, placing fourth. In 1978-79 LaPlante set four US records in the high hurdles. She competed at the 1980 US Olympic Trials, and was leading that final when she hit a hurdle and fell. Born as Deby Lansky, she married Fred LaPlante, the US women’s hurdles coach who also coached track & field at San Diego State University from 1979-83, although they later divorced. LaPlante also appeared in the track & field movie Personal Best as one of the extras doing the actual athletics.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.94 (1979); 200 – 24.44 (1979); 100H – 12.86 (1979).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Deby LaPlante
100 metres Hurdles, Women (Olympic) 6 h1 r2/3

Special Notes


According to she later divorced and married again – named Smith.