Armand Duplantis has been donning the Swedish colors and proudly waving the Swedish flag long before he shattered world records, and before he took home a gold medal at the Olympics earlier this week. But many seem to be confused by how this American-born, pole vaulter legend is able to compete for Sweden, and most of all – why?

We decided to compile a list of answers to your most asked questions about Armand Duplantis:

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1. Armand Duplantis was born in Lafayette, Louisiana

 
 
 
 
 
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2. His mother, Helena Duplantis (née Hedlund) was born in Avesta, Sweden

 
 
 
 
 
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3. He has dual citizenship, both American and Swedish which allows him to compete for both nations

4. Duplantis full name is Armand Gustav Duplantis and goes by the nickname ‘Mondo

5. He holds the world record in pole vaulting at 6.18 meters outdoors, and 6.15 meters indoors

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Growing up in an English-speaking home, he would speak and hear enough Swedish with his mother to have some understanding of the language. However, in recent interviews, he has stated that his Swedish has improved to the point that he is comfortable speaking Swedish with reporters.

7. He drives Swedish cars: a Volvo in Lousiana, and a Polestar in Sweden

 
 
 
 
 
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8. He is currently dating the Swedish model Desiré Inglander

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Duplantis father, Greg, was an All-American pole vaulter in college, and his mother, Helena, was a heptathlete and volleyball player

10. He has won plenty of Swedish awards like, the Jerring Award as Sweden’s most popular athlete in 2020 and Athlete of the year by the Swedish Athletics Federation

 
 
 
 
 
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