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Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. Biography – Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. Wiki
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. is the father of Lamont Marcell Jacobs Jr., an Italian sprinter and long jumper. Marcell Jacobs Sr. is a former soldier in the United States Army and lives in Dallas, Texas.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Father
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Jr. was born to an African American father, Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr., and an Italian mother, Viviana Masini. Jacobs’ father, Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr., and his mother, Viviana Masini, met when Marcell Jacobs Sr. was stationed in Italy while serving in the U.S. Army, according to The Associated Press. His father was stationed at Camp Ederle, also known as Caserma Ederle in Italian, in Vicenza, Italy.
Jacobs’ parents moved from Italy to El Paso, Texas, where Lamont Marcell Jacobs Jr. was born on September 26, 1994, according to his Olympics.com biography.
His mother told the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera, “I met Marcell’s father in Vicenza, he was a US Army soldier. I was 16, he was 18. We got married and moved to Texas. After about three years Marcell was born, but twenty days later his father was transferred to South Korea. It was impossible for us to follow him. I then decided to return to Italy. Marcell wasn’t even a month old. From there, a challenge of our own was born. I was a young mother with a child to raise and the great thing is that through the growth of Marcell I had the opportunity to live a new life, new horizons.”
His parents split when he was 6 months old. He went to Italy as a baby with his mother. His dad stayed in Texas. Jacobs said he lost contact with his father after that. “I never saw my dad from that time,” he told The Associated Press.
Marcell spoke of his relationship with his father, on the day after the European title, on Fidal channels: “We didn’t talk to my dad for many years, I considered him a stranger, he looked for me on Facebook and I didn’t answer. Fortunately, recently, also thanks to the work with my mental coach, a relationship has been recreated. And I’ll go and see him in the US.”
Jacobs told Italy 24 News in Italian, “My father, as a child, I don’t remember him. From the moment we returned from El Paso with mum, our very personal duel match began. At school, I was in trouble. Draw your family, the teacher told me: I only had my mother to draw and I suffered from it. Who is your dad, friends asked me as a kid: he doesn’t exist, I replied, I barely know that I bear his name. For years I have built a wall. And when my father tried to contact me, I didn’t care.”
He told the news outlet in Italian that he recently started communicating again with his dad after he began working with a mental coach. “It’s not all resolved yet, but at least we’re communicating with dad now. That is, I copy and paste: the Google translator gives me a hand when I don’t understand. I know, I know, I should go back to my table to brush up on English grammar: I know the terms, it’s just that for fear of making a mistake I get paralyzed and keep quiet.”
Jacobs spoke to his estranged father for the first time a year before the Olympics, he told reporters at the Tokyo games. He told reporters in Tokyo, “I lived all my life without a dad. And when people asked me, who is your dad? (I said) ‘I don’t know. I don’t know.’ And then we tried to start to have a new relationship with him. For me, that was really important.”
Jacobs said reconnecting with his father, gave him “the energy to be here today” and helped him arrive with a “good mentality,” according to The Guardian. He added that his dad sent him text messages before the 100-meter race, telling him he would be watching and “you can do it, we are with you.” Jacobs said, “I really worked hard with my mind. Because when I was arriving in the really big moment, my legs didn’t work so good. Now, my legs go really good when it’s a big moment.”
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. Age
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. is 51 years old.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. Wife
Is Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr. married? It is unclear if Marcell Jacobs Sr. is currently married. He was previously married to Lamont Marcell Jacobs Jr.’s mother, Viviana Masini.
Lamont Marcell Jacobs Father Ethnicity
Lamont Marcell Jacobs’ father, Lamont Marcell Jacobs Sr., is African American.