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Student-Athlete of the Week - Tarah McKay


Sept. 19, 2008

Name: Tarah McKay

Sport: Women's Cross Country

Post-college ambition: To compete in the Olympics and be a speech language pathologist

Person with greatest influence in athletic career: Pete Grinbergs

Biggest thrill in sports: Winning Canadian Junior National Cross Country Championships in my first ever competition at a national meet

Athlete you most admire: Carmen Douma Hussar

What impresses you most about your coaches: They are open-minded about modifying races and training in order to best suit each individual athlete

Hobbies and outside interests: Playing violin, flute and guitar, ultimate Frisbee, camping, languages, traveling

Pre-competition superstition: I have to change my socks when I change into my spikes before I race

Favorite movies: Remember the Titans, Cool Runnings

Favorite TV shows: Friends, Full House

Favorite foods: Mexican - burritos and quesadillas

Favorite class: Normal speech and language development

Favorite sports writer or announcer: Garett Wall

A "Stupid Human Trick" you can do: I can't wink

People you'd most like to meet: Mother Teresa

Words that describe you best are: Committed, accountable, respectful, dedicated, hardworking

Best advice you've gotten about sports: "It means everything and it means nothing. When you are preparing for a race, you need to do everything you can to be the best you can be, but if the race doesn't go as planned, you have to learn something from it and move on."

What people should know about you but probably don't: I speak French and am learning Swahili

If they filmed a movie of your life, who would star in it: Ann Hathaway

Why you chose U of L: I chose U of L because I felt it was a good place to succeed academically and athletically and it was still close enough for my parents to come visit



Best part of being an athlete: Automatically being part of a group when you first come to college and having people who genuinely care about you

The moment you realized you were really good at your sport: When I came in second at our city cross country meet in 7th grade

If you won the lottery, you would use the money for: Traveling around Africa teaching ESL and giving money to people who really need it

The strangest thing that has ever happened to you while you were training in your sport: I was asked if I was a beginner swimmer when I went to the pool to do water running to cross train

What is your favorite place you have ever visited: Kenya

What is your favorite season or seasons of the year (spring, summer, etc.): Autumn

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