September 13th, 2012

"20 Questions" with Elizabeth Fuchs

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

"20 Questions" with Elizabeth Fuchs
from Elizabeth Fuchs

Spalding cross country runner talks about her busy life

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. To see past editions of "20 Questions," visit

Full name: Elizabeth Fuchs

College: Spalding University

Major/minor: Occupational Therapy

GPA: 3.96

1. How did you choose the college you attend? I came to Spalding University for the Auerbauch School of Occupational Therapy. My freshman and sophomore year I played soccer for Spalding but the demanding schedule of OT school, class and practice conflicts led me to running cross country for Spalding this fall instead.

2. What is your favorite part of college athletics? My favorite part about college athletics is being able to earn a great degree that will prepare me for my future as well as doing something that I love and being part of a team. We also travel quite a bit and I enjoy seeing other college campuses.

3. How do you balance academics and your sport(s)? When it comes to balancing academics and athletics, the key is time management. As a student athlete, I have to plan ahead and make use of my free time when I have it. With balance and organization, maintaining a high GPA and excelling in your sport can be done.

4. What is the hardest part about being a student athlete? The hardest part about being a student athlete is being able to balance academics, athletics, and a social life. I always remind myself that I’m a student before I’m an athlete and school must come first before my sport. During the season, my team makes up most of my social life.

5. What do you do for fun when you aren’t in class or at practice? When I’m not in class or at practice, I like to go out with friends or hang out with my dog, Gus.

6. What is the best characteristic that you bring to your teammates? The best characteristic that I bring to my teammates is a positive attitude. I try to stay positive even when it’s hard to be. Running every morning at 7am isn’t always fun but sometimes you can trick your brain and body into thinking that it is.

7. What does your team do as a pre game ritual? Before each meet, we gather as a team to pray right before we start. It’s a good way to calm our nerves and mentally prepare ourselves.

8. What music do you listen to before a game? On the way to a meet, I typically like to listen to the Mat Kearney Pandora station.

9. What role does your faith play throughout school, games, and practice? I’ve attended a catholic school the past 15 years so faith has always played a role in my athletics and academics. Providence High School instilled a strong foundation of faith, academics, and athletics that I was able to take with me to college. From making the sign of the cross with a classmate before an anatomy final, to praying with my team before a race, faith is something that I always try to incorporate in my everyday routine.

10. Favorite pro team to watch? My favorite pro sports team to watch is most definitely the US Women’s Soccer Team. I’ve been having serious withdrawals ever since the Olympics ended.

11. What is your coach’s best quality? I would have to say it is a tie between his dedication to the team and his sense of humor. He goes above and beyond to make sure we have everything that we need and are healthy. He’s also one of the goofiest people I know. I’m not a morning person at all so if you can get me to laugh before 7am then you must be pretty funny.

12. Why is a team captain(s) so important to the team? Team captains are very important to the team because they serve as role models for the members of the team especially younger members of the team.

13. How does your team handle defeat? What do you say to your team after a tough loss? After a loss, I spend some time analyzing the race or game. I then try to pin point mistakes that I made and set goals for the next meet. It’s important to know your faults but it’s more important to stay positive and look toward the future.

14. What is your favorite pre game snack? A banana and water is all I need.

15. Favorite movie quote? “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” The Help, 2011

16. What advice do you have for young student athletes as they decide where to go to college? Make sure that the college has the specific degree you are looking for and don’t only choose it for athletic reasons. You will be happiest somewhere you are athletically and academically satisfied.

17. Best smart phone app? I wish I could say something original, but like most college students I probably use Twitter and Instagram the most.

18. How do you think your involvement in college sports and academics will benefit you when you begin to look for a job? Being a member of a college sports team has significantly helped me develop as a person and establish many characteristics that will benefit me in the work place such as hard work, determination, commitment, and time management.

19. What does it mean to play athletics for a catholic college? Playing athletics for a catholic college means demonstrating catholic morals and principles on and off the field or course.

20. What is your proudest athletic achievement? My proudest athletic achievement is running the full Louisville Derby Marathon this past spring.


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