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10-for-10: Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל talks about late starts and breaking records

Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

Frenkel is Israel’s top high jumper. Originally training to be a professional dancer in her teenage days, the Israeli gradually made the big shift to athletics. Her breakout year came in 2010, as she padded her lifetime best by 11 centimeters. En route to rewriting the Israeli national records (1.91m), Danielle also won her first ever national title.

Read: “Track Beauty of the Week – Danielle Frenkel דניאל פרנקל “

Danielle with her 2011 Israeli “Female Athlete of the Year” trophy. (Photo from Assaf Yekuel)

At the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Frenkel leaped 1.92m in qualifying, but finished in 12th place at the final. She fared much better at the European Indoor Championships the next year, jumping over 1.94m (new Israeli indoor record) in qualifying. Danielle placed a hard fought fourth (1.92m) in the final.

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A knee injury had temporarily put Frenkel’s high jumping aspirations on hold. After undergoing surgery early in 2012, Danielle is on the fast track to full recovery – and to greater heights.

1.) How did you get started with athletics?

At school, I have always stood out [in] sports. My first high jump competition was in a district meet when I was 14 and [I]won 1st place . My coach today [Anatoliy Shafran] spotted me and told me I am very talented, and with practice I can jump higher. Back then, dancing had a greater appeal to me.

Only 5 years later, a phone call from my coach who offered me to participate in a meet, and the following Israeli championships, where I took 3rd place, made me realize that high jumping is my real passion.

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?

The most memorable moment was in Israel’s 2010 championships. When I broke the Israeli record by 3 cm and became the first Israeli woman who ever jumped over 1.90. I felt so good that I finally proved my real potential.

3.) What is your life long dream?

My long dream is to reach my full potential, and I feel I have a long way to go.

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Short shorts for sure.

5.) What is your favorite sports movie?

Berlin 36.

6.) What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

Black eyed-peas : Pump it.

7.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

I traveled for 4 months in central America and saw some amazing places. My answer would be any place, as long as I have my loved ones with me.

8.) What do you do in your free time?

Now I study for law and business degree. But I live very close to the beach. I like to go there and relax with friends.

9.) Name three things you just can’t live without:

My family and my boyfriend, chocolates, and [taking a ]bath.

10.) What advice would you give to the young athletes of today?

Be patient, explore all kinds of sports until you find the one that fits you and you love the most. I was a volleyball player and a ballet dancer. Only at the age of nineteen I realised that high jump is my destiny.

Sources:

Danielle’s Wikipedia profile

IAAF biography

Additional Links:

Danielle’s Facebook Page

All-Athletics Profile

Henry Dagmil takes the 10-for-10 Quiz

Henry Dagmil first came to national prominence at the 2004 Philippine National Open. The Mapua Institute of Technology alumnus, then 22 years old, eclipsed the long-standing record of 1936 Berlin Olympian Nino Ramirez. Dagmil flew to a distance of 7.83m in the long jump, beating the 68-year old record by 18 centimeters.

Dagmil at the 2012 Philippine National Games. (Photo by Ed Karell Gamboa/Pinoymiler/Moriel Carreon)

Since that definitive moment, Dagmil has been the Philippines top male long jumper, complementing Marestella Torres’ sterling record in the women’s event. He has competed at the world’s highest stage, representing the country at the Berlin and Daegu World Championships and at the Beijing Olympics.

Click here to view Henry’s photos with Darya Klishina

Dagmil has amassed an impressive collection of regional-level medals. In an international career spanning almost one decade, the Filipino champion had won two Southeast Asian Games long jump titles (2005, 2007), on top of silver (2011) and bronze (2009) medals. In front of hometown fans at the 2005 Manila SEA Games, Dagmil teamed up with the 100m/200m national record holder Ralph Soguilon, Arnold Villarube and Albert Salcedo, to win a 4x100m relay silver, setting a new national mark in the process.

Click here to read more articles about Henry Dagmil on Pinoymiler

Video from Jad Adrian

The two-time SEA Games long jump champion has a lifetime’s best of 7.99m from 2008.  However, the eight meter barrier – the mark of a truly world-class long jumper – has continued to elude Dagmil by the smallest of margins. Now 31-years old, Dagmil has until the 8th of July to go beyond the 8.10m Olympic “B” standard – and secure a ticket to London.

Dagmil has the knack for the unexpected. Prior to his record-breaking feat in 2004, he was actually left out of the national team because of injury. “When others might give up he let that catalyst make him stronger,” said Andrew Pirie, the Ernie Baron of Philippine athletics and Dagmil’s close friend.   “[Dagmil] came back in 2004 to wipe out the 68 year old national record in the long jump.”

1.) How did you get started with athletics?

[In] Grade4, I started [competing in the] 50m and long jump. I was 10 years old.

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?

The most memorable is [when] I  represented [the Philippines at the] Olympic Games.

3.) What is your life long dream?

To be successful in life, jump [beyond the] eight-meter barrier. And to be a national coach [who can] produce a world class athlete.

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

I like Mizuno. [It looks] good on me. I prefer tights.

5.) What is your favorite sports movie?

Sports movie? Yung mga nagbibigay inpirasyon. Kahit anong movie basta maluluha ako. hehehe [I like inspiring movies. Any kind of film that makes me cry].

6.) What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

Kahit anong song basta inspiring [Any song. As long as it’s inspiring].

7.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which place would you choose?

I’ll spend my time with [my] wife and my kids, because I’ve spent [half of my life] on my athletic career.

8.) What do you do in your free time?

Rest, sleep, watch a movie, call my wife [and] my son on the phone, [and surfing the] net.

9.) Name three things you just can’t live without:

Money, phone, and laptop.

10.) What advice would you give to the young athletes of today?

I want them [to] dream. Ask the Lord’s [help], to be patient and willing to sacrifice [a] normal life to become an Olympian.  [Not to] be a fool even [if] you [achieve the dream of being an] Olympian.

Additional Links:

IAAF biography

All-Athletics profile

Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Answers the 10-for-10 Quiz

The top-notch Russian long jumper, Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная, answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

The Russians, since the days of the former Soviet Union, have always produced top caliber jumpers. Yuliya is amongst the new generation of the Russian jumping tradition. The graceful athlete has personal bests of 6.84m outdoors and 6.75m indoors.

Read: “Track Beauty of the Week: Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная”

Pidluzhnaya at European Indoors (Photo from Yuliya)

She has reached the podium of several major international events, most notably at the fiercely fought 2011 European Indoor Championships long jump final, where she leaped to 6.75m and won the bronze medal behind compatriot Darya Klishina and Portugal’s Naide Gomes. At the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, Yuliya’s best mark of 6.56m brought home the silver medal.

From 2009 to 2010, Yuliya improved her jumping by an impressive 0.33m. Pidluzhnaya has been ranked as a top tier long jumper ever since.

1.) How did you get started with athletics?

[I] started to be engaged with school [-based athletics at] age 14 years.

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?

I remember [very well] the first time [I competed at a major international championship] of the world. [The experience] [have] not [been] forgotten.

Yuliya with her Universiade silver (Photo from vestnik-lesnoy.ru)

3.) What is your life long dream?

In life I dream of the family.

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What’s your favorite outfit?

Most of all I like to wear dresses since they I emphasize character of the girl.

5.) What is your favorite sports movie?

The favorite sports film isn’t present. [I don’t have a favorite]

6.) What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

I listen to various music, everything depends with all the heart.

7.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

I would like to be on the island of Cyprus.

8.) What do you do in your free time?

[I don’t have] enough free time, but I like  to be photographed and go [to a trip] by the car.

Yuliya has both amazing leaping ability and great fashion sense. (Photo from Yuliya)

9.) Name three things you just can’t live without:

High heels, the car, sports shoes.

10.) What advice would you give to the young athletes of today?

To work and be able to wait, love the business.

10-for-10: Isabelle Pedersen

Isabelle Pedersen is a fast-rising athletics talent from Norway. At such a young age, Pedersen has won several major age-group titles, the most notable of which are the World Youth and World Junior crowns in the 100m hurdles. In 2009, the Norwegian edged out two American athletes to win the U18 100m hurdles (0.765m) gold, stopping the clock in 13.23s. In Moncton the following year, and competing against older, U20 athletes this time, the compact sprint hurdler again won gold. Her time of 13.30s over the 0.838m barriers was a national junior record.

Click here to view Trans World Sport’s feature on Isabelle

In the women’s event where the barriers are lower, speedsters tend to get away with glaring technical flaws, relying more on their flat out speed than hurdling form.  At such as young age, the Pedersen has developed a fundamentally-sound hurdling technique, comparable to her older compatriot, Christina Vukicevic. To date, Pedersen’s personal best stands at 13.21s – a national junior record and six-hundredths of a second off the Daegu World Championships standard.

Her ebullient personality on the track and the sheer enjoyment she exudes in her races highlight Pedersen’s love for the event. She is every inch the happy hurdler – and happy hurdlers, epitomized by Liu Xiang himself (and most recently, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde) are formidable competitors.

As the World Youth and World Junior Champion matures physically and psychologically, the prospects of success in the senior ranks look bright.

Pedersen takes time to answer this blog’s 10-for-10 feature:

1. How did you get started with athletics?

When I was younger my mom thought I had ADHD, but it turned out I was just a girl with a lot of energy. Doing sports was therefore an easy choice. My first meeting with athletics was at the age of ten. I walked by some teenagers training and I was fascinated by the sport. I remember I asked my mom what kind of sport they were doing and she told me it was the same sport she did when she was younger. Since that day I knew athletics was the sport for me as well.

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

When I discovered that I have won the final [of the 2010] World junior championships. The last thing I remembered was the starting point, the rest [was] just black.

Click here to view the full results of the Moncton 2010 100m hurdles final

I had a dream to defend the gold medal from youth world championships the year before, but [I] never thought I’d make it. I was number 15 on the list before the championships started.

3. What’s your life-long dream?

I´m living it now, I’m living out my dream everyday. Track, hurdles [are] my passions. And the dream of everyone else, [to] become as good as possible.

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Hehe, tights is the thing I guess.

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Glee cast? Sorry, honestly I’ve no idea what that is…

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Tricky… both are greats shows! Why choose when you can have both?

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

I have a new list every season, and there a no favorites, they are all part of the warm up.

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

I haven´t raveled much to the big cities of Europe, but Paris has inspired me a lot. Would like to live in a city that inspires me as much as Paris to my last breath. Maybe I will movie back to my home town Bergen, I haven´t planned it yet!

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

I think I will pass this one, I still have the world in front of me ;)

10. Who’s your athletics role model/idol?

I don’t have one. I’ve always just done it because it’s fun. Haha. But Susanna Kallur is a great hurdler.

Additional Links:

Isabelle’s Website

Isabelle’s Twitter account (help her reach 1,000 followers!)

Isabelle’s All-Athletics Profile.

Video Credit:

Trond Knaplund

“10-for-10: Marzia Caravelli’s Balancing Act” by Joboy Quintos

I first took notice of Marzia Caravelli at the run-up prior to the 2011 Daegu World Championships. In this day and age of professional athletes, the Italian sprint hurdler stands out because she has a full-time job and still manages to excel. According to an IAAF article, the Italian “works as a teacher for deaf children and trains only during the evening.”

Photo from Marzia Caravelli

A late bloomer, won all her four national titles after she turned twenty-eight years old! The Italian 200m dash and 100m hurdles champion won her first continental medal at the 2011 European Team Championships, stopping the clock in 13.10s to place third overall. A month later, Caravelli ran an impressive 13.01s – twice.

To cap off her breakout 2011 season, Caravelli made her debut at the world stage in Daegu, finishing 26th in qualifying. Marzia eventually set a new Italian record in May 2012. In an athletics competition in France, Caravelli stopped the clock in 12.85s. She bettered the old record by an astouding twelve-hundredths of a second!

Marzia’s unique balancing act shows that elite sports and full-time employment are not mutually exclusive.

1. How did you get started with athletics?

When I was 14 I was practicing Rhythmic Gymnastics. But in one year I became too tall [to] enter the hoop and to bend and twist my body, so I decided to start with athletics, because my sister was already practicing athletics. I went with her a few times, and then [I learned to] love [athletics].

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?

When I reach[ed] qualifications for World Championship, two years [after] my ex coach told me I [won’t have a] future in athletics. And when I was third in the European Athletic Team championship, [the] same year!

3. What’s your life-long dream?

An Olympic participation, and then when I will finish my athletics career to find a job that gives me the same excitement of athletics.

 4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

I used to train really dressed a lot! But while competing absolutely short shorts! I need to [set] my legs free!

 5. How do you manage to balance your athletics training with a full-time job?

I know I have not [much] time to train because I have to work. I know that my colleagues have all day to train and all [the] time to live as professional athletes. This makes me very angry!

Finally I’ve learned to turn that anger into strength of will. And so my two daily hours of training are intense, because I am hungry of demonstrating that all of them were wrong with me. But the truth is that my super-coach can manage the time we have in the best way, and in those two hours he is able to plan and make me do everything (or almost) I need. And until now, we have been right!

[And] last, if you add that I do a job I like, this also helps!

6. What’s your top three pump-up songs of all-time?

I don’t listen to music when I warm up or run, I prefer to be in contact with the world near me.

7. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

Italy, in the south near the sea! I think I couldn’t give up our food!!

8. Name three things you can’t live without.

Pasta, Coffee and Cell phone

9. Who inspires you?

Do you Know The Ugly Duckling story?!

10. If you weren’t a hurdler, you’d be a: Sign Language Interpreter…ops, but I am!

Article by by Joboy Quintos

10-for-10: Leryn Franco talks about London 2012, competing and Yoann Gourcoff!

Leryn Franco answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

The two-time Olympian, professional model and beauty queen takes time off her busy schedule to answer the 10-for-10 feature!

1. How did you get started with track?

I’ve always loved sports, so I started at school with my friends!!just for fun!!

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

This sport had given me so many memorable moments. When I set the record of Paraguay, the Olympic Games, even when I get hurt, you always remember the good and bad things… it’s the life we choose and I love it!!

3. What’s your life-long dream?

Now, LONDON!!! of course! but as a person and as a woman, I’m like everybody else, I want a happy family, I think right now I can not complain of what I have, I’m just living the moment, that’s a good advice!! =)

Be a fan of Leryn Franco

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Difficult question for a woman!! what was you thinking about?? Hahaha it depends!!

hurdler49: I was thinking more from a performance perspective!

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Hmmm.. Sorry Joboy, I don’t [watch]  Glee!! =(

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Hmmm difficult one!!! Hey you watch too much TV!!! Hahaha

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

You are killing me Joboy!!!

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

HOME!!!!

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

REALLY??? HAHAH things, no persons!!!

  • My cellphone
  • My car
  • Internet

10. Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

Yoann Gourcoff!! hahahaha =)

Now I’m smitten since she said my name quite a few times! Yoann Gourcoff, you’re one lucky guy.

Thank you for answering, Leryn!

Article by Joboy Quintos

Additional links:

Facebook fan page

Wiki

More photos

Photo credits:

Oknation

Czabe

Sportchamp

Mika Santos answers the 10-for-10 quiz

Mika Santos answers the 10-for-10 quiz!

Santos started as volleyball player back in high school. In college, she gave track & field a shot. Although she had decent sprinting ability, her best event was definitely the pole vault. With her gymnastics background, Santos was tailor-made for athletics’ most technical discipline.

About a year after she started training for pole, Santos broke Marestella Torres‘ Philippine record with her 3.20m* leap in the Hong Kong Intercity Athletics Challenge. The comely Ateneo graduate competed in the 2005 Manila SEA Games.

The multi-talented Santos currently works as a travel writer, dabbles in the occasional print or TV ad and hosts her own travel-oriented show.

1.) How did you get started with track?
Felt I was too short to join the volleyball team

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?
Representing the Philippines for SEA Games 2005

3.) What’s your life-long dream?
Travel to Africa!

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?
Depends what event.. for long jump tights of course. For everything else, short shorts. Too hot in the Philippines!

5.) If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?
… I don’t know but I’d definitely date Puck.

6.) How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?
Both.. but FRIENDS is the classic I grew up with.

7.) Favorite movie?
Lots.. to name one, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

8.) Star Trek or Star Wars?
Star Wars

9.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?
Siargao Island

10.) Name three things you just can’t live without.
Sunblock, laptop (work!), and salsa shoes

11.) Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.
Diego Luna

Thank you for answering, Mika!

* – Deborah Samson owns the current Philippine record of 4.11m.

Photo credits:

Mika Santos

10-for-10: David Oliver is living the dream

David Oliver, the Beijing 2008 bronze medalist and the No.1 ranked hurdler in the world in 2010, takes time to answer the 10-for-10 quiz!

Oliver in action at the 2011 Aviva meet in Glasgow. (Photo from Alasdair Middleton)

The powerfully built Oliver has recently clocked an impressive 12.93s at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships last week, the second time he went under 13 seconds this year, cementing his status among the hurdles elite.

1. How did you get started with track?

I was a high school junior. I started out long and triple jumping but was terrible at it. One day we had a shuttle hurdle relay and my team needed a leg, I was one of the taller guys, so my coach put me on the relay and I actually did a good job so after the race, my coach told me I had a new event and the story has been written ever since!

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

Standing on the podium at the Beijing Olympic Games. That was a pretty surreal moment, looking at the flags being raised, knowing that the flag on the left represented all of the hard work and pain I had endured to live for this one moment.

3. What’s your life-long dream?

I’m living out my dream right now!

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights
?

You’ve seen the races right?!?! I’m a shorts and singlet guy!

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

I have no idea what the Glee cast is to be honest…

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

I’ve never seen How I Met Your Mother or Friends. But I’ll go with Friends. I could only imagine what a show would be like staring me and my friends…

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

I don’t listen to music when I warm up or run, I prefer to listen to my own thoughts and imagine how I’m going to run the race.

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

In my house, laying on the couch watching TV like I do everyday after practice! Best place to be in the world.

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

Blackberry, MacBook Pro, Carmex

10. Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

Halle Berry!

Thanks for answering, David!

10-for-10: Sheena Atilano’s most memorable track moment

Sheena Atilano, the Philippines’ premiere sprint hurdler, answers 10-for-10!

Atilano came into prominence in 2007, when she broke the legendary Elma Muros-Posadas‘ long-standing 100m hurdles record by one-one hundredth of a second, stopping the clock at 13.65s. Fresh from landing a podium finish in the tough 2010 Asian Grand Prix, Atilano is slated to compete in this year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou.

1.) How did you get started with track?

When i was in grade 6. I had the longest jump in our PE class at the same time merong track meet sa aming district tapos dinala ako dun ng teacher ko at pinasali and then nanalo ako, tutuloy na yun hanggang sa Palarong Pambansa. (There was this track meet in our district. My teacher made me compete in the long jump – and I won. I competed in the long jump in the Palarong Pambansa). I won gold in [the] long jump girls and [at] that time, Marestella Torres came in at 4th place!

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

Siguro yung unang nag sub 14 ako at siyempre nung nagbreak ako ng national record :) (When I ran my first-ever Sub-14 race and when I broke the 100m hurdles record)

3.) What’s your life-long dream?

Life long dream? Ang yumaman. (To become rich) Siguro sa track career year lang ha, B standard. (In my track career, to reach the Olympic “B” standard of 13.11s).

4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Long tights ba ‘to?..shorts shorts na lang. (Are we talking about long tights? I prefer short shorts!)

5.) If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Rachel! Don’t stop believing.

6.) How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

FRIENDS kasi hindi ko pa napanuod yung How I Met Your Mother. (I’d choose FRIENDS since I haven’t seen How I Met Your Mother yet).

7.) What’s the best pump-up song of all time?

I’m not really into music eh. I like yung climb ni Miley [Cyrus]for my track career. (I like Miley Cyrus’ “Climb” for my track career).

8.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

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hurdler49: Sheena answered with a question mark. Apparently, she’s living the dream right now!

9.) Name three things you just can’t live without.

Internet, money, family.

10.) Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

Friends.

Thank you for answering, Sheena!

* Marestella Torres – Filipino long jump record holder at 6.68m. Two-time SEA Games gold medalist, winner of the 2009 Asian Championships.

Video Credits:

http://www.youtube.com/user/cjborbe

Photo Credits:

Sheena’s Facebook account

10-for-10: Ato Boldon talks about a memorable silver medal, tights and DMX!

The great Ato Boldon answers the 10-for-10 quiz portion!

Ato Boldon has four individual Olympic sprint medals to his name. Only two other track athletes, the legendary Carl Lewis and the distinguished Frankie Fredericks, have won that many medals. Boldon was the 1997 World Champion in the 200m dash. His best performances (100m – 9.86, 200m – 19.77s) are pretty much entrenched at the Top Lists of both of his events. Furthermore, Boldon had run 28 sub-10 100m races, third all-time behind former 100m dash world record holders, Maurice Greene and Asafa Powell.

The now retired Ato is a politician in his native Trinidad and Tobago and works as a track & field analyst for U.S. television.

1. How did you get started with athletics?

Playing soccer, was discovered in NY by Joe Trupiano at Jamaica High School in NY at age 16

2. What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

Silver medal in the 4x100m relay in Edmonton at the World Championships in 2001 with a very young group of upcoming Trinidad and Tobago juniors, including a 16 year old anchor named Darrel Brown, making him the youngest male medalist ever at Worlds at the time, and giving T and T its first short relay medal ever. They have gone on to win 3 more at Championship level since that one in the 8 years since.

3. What’s your life-long dream?

Flying myself around the Caribbean in my own plane.

4. Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights

Tights if I have to, short shorts are never ever acceptable.

5. If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

I hear about Glee all the time, but have never watched and I am not even remotely interested. Hear that? That’s the sound of me getting closer to 40.

6. How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Friends don’t let friends watch F.R.I.E.N.D.S

7. What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?

Anything by DMX in his prime. (pre-crack-head DMX)

hurdler49: take a look at the following cool clip of Ato and Mo Greene rapping to Bone Crusher’s “I Ain’t Never Scared”:

8. If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

Either Tobago or Monte Carlo, Monaco

9. Name three things you just can’t live without.

Internet, TV, Music

10. Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

Salma Hayek.

Thanks for answering, Ato! You’re one cool guy!

Sources:

Wikipedia

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10-for-10: Rob Sargan’s dream outer space date

The versatile Rob Sargan is one of the finest student-athletes ever to come out of the Ateneo. Sargan was a top notch college-level decathlete/pole vaulter, in the mold of a C.K. Yang. After his last college competition in 2006, Sargan is still fiercely active in sports, taking part in Ultimate and flag football games. Based in the States, Fil-am (or Feel-Am, as he would rather say!) works for A Runner’s Circle, a specialty running shop in L.A.

1.) How did you get started with track?

I was looking for something productive to do with my life.

2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your track career?

Breaking the Unigames (National University Games) record in Bacolod…and the celebration after.

3.)  What’s your life-long dream?

To be happy.

4.)    Let’s lighten up a bit! What would you rather wear and why? Short shorts or tights?

Tights. Sexy na, secure pa! (It’s both sexy and secure!)

5.)    If you could be a Glee cast member, who will you be? And what song will you sing?

Dude, c’mon….

6.)    How I Met Your Mother or F.R.I.E.N.D.S.?

Tough one….I would have to choose F.R.I.E.N.D.S. because HIMYM isn’t as timeless!

And ok fine, fine! to answer the previous question, I’d be that asian dude thats always there in the background.

7.) Favorite movie?

At the time of me writing this, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

8.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?

Under the aurora borealis.

9.)  Name three things you just can’t live without.

-Exercise
-Laughter
-Water

10.) Fill in the blanks: I’ll run an ultra marathon just to go out with _________.

A hottie, on a date in a space shuttle orbiting earth for a day. EPIC.

Photo credits:

http://cliptong.deviantart.com/

10-for-10

Inspired by Spikesmag’s Pop Quiz, I decided to start something similar for my blog. This regular portion will showcase track athletes first and foremost, as well as those from other sports.

Thanks to Ceres Lina for coming up with the 10-for-10 name!

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