COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 1, 2008) - Lauren Paolini (Ann Arbor, Mich.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Training Team, has provided the following responses to questions posed to her as part of a "Getting to Know" feature.
What are the top songs in your iPod?
Everything is Everything (Lauryn Hill), some songs by Sade, I’ll Be by Edwin McCain and Amazed by Lonestar
Name a few things that most people do not know about you.
I was the point guard on my basketball team up until my sophomore year of high school, I was born in California
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read, listen to music on my iPod or watch good TV shows.
What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Playing overseas and in the AVP or starting my own practice as an orthodontist (hopefully in Texas!)
Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
Somewhere in Europe, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, France..wherever!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Austin, Texas!, or Rome
What is your favorite room in your house and why?
My living room because there is a fireplace and a TV
What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
My cell phone!
Rank the following types of television programs in order you like best: Reality TV, crime dramas, game shows, sit-coms, music television, cable news, sports.
Sit-Coms, sports, reality, crime dramas, music tv, cable news
What is your favorite television program?
My Wife and Kids, King Of Queens, the beginning of American Idol, and America’s Next Top Model
What is your favorite movie?
Meet the Parents
What is your favorite book?
Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
What is your pre-match ritual?
Listen to my iPod or dancing to music with my teammates
On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
The chance to win a gold medal!
What is your favorite volleyball drill?
Queen of the Court
What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Basketball for sure!
Who is your favorite athlete?
Ben Wallace ( I liked him better when he played for the Detroit Pistons though :) )
What is your favorite food?
Macaroni and cheese
What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
Z Tejas or Taste Of Texas
What is your hometown best known for?
Ann Arbor…..probably snow..or the University of Michigan
How many different languages can you converse in?
2 English and Sign Language
What was your favorite subject in school?
What fad were you involved in during junior high school that many would be surprised to learn?
Knitting, wearing lots of clips in my hair
If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
I would buy a condo on a cliff that overlooks the ocean somewhere in California
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
If a movie was made about your life, which actor or actress would you want to play you?
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
Fishing pole, sunblock, and a boat.
If you could live in another time period for a week, which one would you choose?
If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
What is the most “embarrassing” song on your iPod?
I’m Blue (Eiffel 65)
What is your favorite holiday?
What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?
What is one off-the-court talent that you have?
I like to cook
What is your motto?
What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?
What is your pet peeve?
Windshield wipers on a dry windshield
What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
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