DOBRISKEY Lisa < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA England   
Gender Women
Born 23 Dec 1983 in Ashford, ENG
Height1.70 m
Weight 56 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Husband Ricky Soos
Residence Loughborough, ENG
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Higher education English Literature - Loughborough University: Loughborough, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began running seriously at Ashford AC when she was 11 or 12.
Name of coach Ricky Soos [husband]
Coach from which country? England
Training Regime She spends a lot of time working on drills, core and conditioning."This means I run a lot taller when I'm fatigued and don't waste energy sinking into the ground."
International Debut
Year 2005
Competing for Great Britain
Tournament World Cross Country Championships
Location France
General Interest
Hobbies Spending time with her family, going out for a meal. She is a qualified classical pianist. (davidwelchmanagement.com, 31 Sept 2009; runnersdigest.co.uk, 16 Aug 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 1500m at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. (activeashford.co.uk, 31 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol Julie Rose. (runnersdigest.co.uk, 16 Aug 2011)
Injuries Following a disappointing World Championships in 2011, she was diagnosed with a hip injury common in ballet dancers. A bone growth in her hip socket had been rubbing against a ligament, causing it to fray and she was forced to have it operated on. (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)

She suffered a back injury in December 2008. (Times.co.uk, 19 Jul 2009)

She had been unknowingly running with a stress fracture in her thigh bone in the summer of 2006. (Times.co.uk, 19 Jul 2009)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She takes a penny with her to major championships. It was given to her by her father after he found it while working at London's Olympic Stadium. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Persevere. Middle distance running can take time to get the hang of, the more your train the better you get so keep at it but most importantly enjoy it." (femalefirst.co.uk, 06 Aug 2011)
Famous relatives Her sister Sarah has competed for England as a hammer thrower and husband Ricky Soos competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in the 800m. (davidwelchmanagement.com, 31 Sept 2009)
Ambitions To win a medal at London 2012. (sportsister.com, 31 May 2012)
Other information COACH, HUSBAND SUPPORT
She was embarrassed by her performance at the 2011 World Championships where she finished second last in her heat. At the time she was unaware of a hip injury she had which restricted her ability to change pace. She credits her husband and coach, Ricky Soos, with supporting her mentally. "He is with me all the time so he knows how much it means to me. He experiences every single thing with me so he sees that disappointment from Daegu, how much it meant to me and how destructive it was. He's really good at focusing his efforts in building me back up emotionally and mentally which is something that doesn't just happen in a one-hour meeting with a regular coach." (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)

FAMILY
Her father, Mike Dobriskey, worked as a soil consultant preparing the site for the Olympic Stadium in London. (telegraph.co.uk, 04 Jan 2012)

EARLY CHALLENGES
Doctors thought she would never walk properly after she was born with what she describes as 'dodgy hips' and an in-turning left foot. Her mum made her wear her shoes on the wrong feet to try and correct the problem. (bbc.co.uk, 26 Jul 2011)