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Justin "Dr. Hops" Fondren's faith has him soaring to new heights on and off the track

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jessehj1   Apr 24th 2011, 7:34pm

As a record-breaking high jumper and a dynamic dunker for Oxford High School’s track & field and basketball teams, respectively, Justin Fondren, perhaps more than anything else, relies on a fearlessness when he leaves his feet.  


So it’s with some irony to learn that “Dr. Hops” - as Fondren’s gravity-defying alter-ego has come to be known - has a conflicting Kryptonite.


“I’m scared of heights,” says the junior from Oxford, Mississippi.


The phobia is rooted in a scary fall from atop a school roof when Fondren was 11. He fell 14 feet, but with exception of a bruised ego, escaped unscathed. 


“It didn’t injure me,” Fondren says of the fall. “It just spooked me.”


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