“Your family is a very supportive family. I always follow you. I know a lot of things. I wish all of you a lot of success. It's a bright career, and I consider it is beginning and you have great potential. Do your best, keep motivation and, of course, make your family and fans of athletics happy and proud.”
During the conversation, Duplantis revealed to Bubka that he has been one of his idols for years. “I grew up pole vaulting at such a young age. When I was four, five, six, I was watching videos of you, it seemed like it was impossible feats, really. As the years kept going on, and I started getting closer and closer to that six metre barrier, the dream started to become a little bit more of a reality.
“I am very pleased to see you nominated for the Laureus Award. I hope it will be good news, of course, but the competition is very strong. Of course the Laureus Award is just one part of Laureus, we also have a charity foundation [Laureus Sport for Good] around 250 programmes, 40 countries around the world, engaged to change the life of kids, change the life of people. Our Academy Members visit and give some tips and some lessons and motivate. This is something unique, that the great champions try to give back to society.”