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August 11, 2020


Valdó Szűcs training on the Pleasantville High School track in advance of international competition in Qatar on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. The meet with be broadcast by NBC-TV. Photo Credit: Provided
Valdó Szűcs with Pleasantville High School student-athlete Adrian Rippstein. Photo Credit: Provided
Amber Lazzaro of Pleasantville with her fiancé, Valdó Szűcs, who is competing in an international meet next week. The Hungarian hurdler has been training on Pleasantville High School's track. Photo Credit: Provided
Valdó Szűcs has been training for world competition on the Pleasantville High School track Photo Credit: Provided
Valdó Szűcs will compete in Qatar on Sept. 30 and Oct. 2. He has been been training in Pleasantville, where his fiancée lives. Photo Credit: Provided
Amber Lazzaro of Pleasantville previously worked as a fitness model and is now helping manager her fiancé's quest for the 2020 Olympics. World-class hurdler Valdó Szűcs is in the background. Photo Credit: Provided
Hungarian hurdler Valdó Szűcs shown at Olympic Stadium Municipal Antonia Dominguez track in Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife. This year, he has been training on the Pleasantville High School track. Photo Credit: Provided

World-Class Athlete 'At Home' Training In Westchester

Hungary's top hurdler has been training at a Westchester track, with hopes of eventually qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Why Westchester? 

Because Valdó Szűcs' fiancée lives in Pleasantville; Szűcs takes advantage of PHS' rubberized, all-weather track whenever he's in the United States.

His fiancée, Amber Lazzaro of Pleasantville steps in as one of Szűcs' managers whenever he is in America. During his training, Szűcs has been lending his expertise to a few Pleasantville High School hurdlers including Adrian Rippstein.

Szűcs, 24, is leaving the country on Friday, Sept. 27 en route to this year's World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He's been invited to compete in the 110-meter hurdles, an event in which he is ranked among the top 20 hurdlers from around the world.

The international meet takes place over 10 days starting Friday, Sept. 27.

Szűcs will compete on Monday, Sept. 30 and -- assuming he advances -- on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The international championships will be broadcast by NBC-TV. More details can be found by clicking here.

Competition will be televised beginning at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30 and at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Oct. 2.

The 6-foot 5-inch Olympic hopeful already is amassing a fan club in Pleasantville and receiving positive attention as a new member of the community. Szűcs plans to move to Westchester permanently once he and Lazzaro are married on Sept. 12, 2020 in Mayfair, London.

In the meantime, he continues to train with his esteemed coach, James Hillier, in the United Kingdom and in his hometown of Zalaegerszeg, Hungary. He is supported by his Hometown Club (Zalaszám-ZAC) and is quite the celebrity. His father is a retired professional Hungarian basketball player who was a two-time champion. 

Szűcs has been competing since the age of 12. He has won 31 Hungarian Championships, and most recently won the 2019 Hungarian National Indoor Championships and the 2019 Hungarian Outdoor Championships after two years of battling injuries. 

He presently is in 8th place on the European Rankings list and is in the top 20 on the World Rankings with a time of 13.41 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles.