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Volleyball - 28. January 2008.

Getting to Know Stacy Sykora: 20 Plus Questions

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800
E-Mail: bill.kauffman@usav.org

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 25, 2008) - Stacy Sykora (Burleson, Texas), who is competing professionally in Italy's Serie A League for Altamura, has provided the latest entry into the "Getting to Know" feature on U.S. Women's National Team players. In addition to responding to the 46 questions below, Sykora has started her own blog while in Italy.

What are the top songs in your iPod?
Everything you can imagine, I guess you can say that I “collect music”, from all over the world and I have over 100GB of it….

Stacy Sykora during the 2007 FIVB World Cup in Japan. Photo courtesy of FIVB

What kind of car do you drive?
Land Rover and a Harley Davison

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Art, Music, Video editing and basically anything to do with a computer…

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Becoming a famous moving star….Just Kidding, I really don’t know, I am still a kid and never really want to grow up

Other than family, who would you like to invite to complete a dinner foursome (individuals can be dead or alive)?
Angelina Jolie, Gia Marie Carangi, Jim Carey and Steven King

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
Driving my motorcycle in Texas

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Modena, Italy

What is your favorite room in your house and why?
Right now, in Italy, the living room because it is the biggest

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
My computer

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.
sports, crime dramas, music television, game shows, sit-coms, reality TV, cable news,

What is your favorite television program?
I don’t watch much TV but here in Italy, I like Walker, Texas Ranger, you should see them speak Italian it is great!

What is your favorite movie?
The Dark Crystal, Beast Master and Gia

What is your favorite book?
Ummmmmm, I don’t read

Who is the funniest player on the women’s national team?
I laugh at them all :)

Who is the most under-rated player on the women’s national team?
Robyn Ah-Mow Santos and Lindsey Berg

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?

What is your pre-match ritual?
Visualize, elevate the legs, write down my goals, listen to music and dance

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Work on the computer and talk

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Doing the thing I love and loving doing it with the people I love

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
Any defensive drill

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
HMMMMMMM….Basketball, Heptathlon, Triathlon or a Soccer Goalie….

Who is your favorite athlete?
Flo Jo

What is your favorite food?
Sushi or Mexican

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
Casa Rodriguez in Bryan, Texas or Sushi Town in Las Palmas, Spain

How many different languages can you converse in?
Italian and Spanish but I understand a lot of similar languages

What was your favorite subject in school?

What is your fondest child-hood memory?
I have so many, story telling is my life so to have to choose one right now, I would say, making commercials and a workout video with my friends in Burleson and honestly thinking I was gonna make it big one day on the big screen, I just recently watched them, yep, embarrassing

What fad were you involved in during junior high school that many would be surprised to learn?
Good Ole High Bangs, mine could stop the wind in its tracks

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Michael Jackson

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
Everything my family members ever wanted

If you could live as one other person (celebrity or not) for one day, who would it be?
Bin Laden, so when the day was over I would tell George where he is hiding :)

If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To stop, start, reverse and fast forward time

If a movie was made about your life, which actor or actress would you want to play you?
Angelina Jolie

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
My house with full plumbing and everything it has in it in Vegas. A plane with a pilot so I can leave when I wanted and a Super Wal-Mart

If you could live in another time period for a week, which one would you choose?
The Future, so I can bring back the ideas of the future and invent them first and be a millionaire

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
I don’t really know magazines but I would say Vogue, I guess

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Unique, misunderstood, square

What is your favorite holiday?
I don’t really like holidays but I like the post-halloween candy sells

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?

What is one off-the-court talent that you have?

What was the most defining moment in your life?
Coming back to the National Team

What are your most prized possessions?
My Motorcycle and House

What is your motto?
Keep Dreaming, No Excuses No Regrets…Life is Short, you never know what the next second is gonna bring so Live

What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?
I think I could make a clean sweep :)

What is your pet peeve?
Napkins on teeth

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Text messaging.

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