Valentin Lavillenie is a French athlete specialising in the pole vault. He won the gold medal at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie. He took 2014 off from competition, a buffer year between youth competition. In 2015 he has competed at the elite level in several meets, along with his brother.
He is the younger brother of another pole vaulter, world record holder Renaud Lavillenie. He has personal bests of 5.65 metres outdoors (2013) and 5.80 metres indoors at Nevers (2015).
His face is wonderfully expressive. Many photos of him, much more than the mean for an athlete, picture him pouting or enraged at a result. Makes for great pictures...
He is a great fan of the AS Monaco Soccer club.