Manager, Media Relations and Publications
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 8, 2008) - Tracy Stalls (Denver, Colo.), a middle blocker on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball 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?
I don’t have an iPod. I’m resisting the band wagon…for now.
Name three things that most people do not know about you.
My cartwheel is pitiful. I dream of doing voice overs for Pixar. I’ve written and am illustrating a children’s book.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Chill at a coffee shop, admire the mountains, attempt to expand on the two chords I have already mastered on the guitar
What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Oh so many ideas…..One thing that stands out is writing a book—maybe about the mental side of sport.
Other than family, who would you like to invite to complete a dinner foursome (individuals can be dead or alive)?
Apostle Paul, Jim Carrey, Donald Miller
Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Jim Miret with Front Range Volleyball Club
Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?
Backpacking around Europe with my good friend Jamie
What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
My little Saturn named Goldie. She’s been good to me.
What luxury item do you wish you could invent?
The no-water shower. You step into a shower stall and a beam of light or whatever washes over you and makes you clean. No wet hair, no towels—just clean. …Is that weird?
What is your favorite television program?
When I have access to cable, I’m a big fan of TOP CHEF!
Who is the funniest player on the women’s national team?
Courtney Thompson is among the top contenders. For example, who makes up a song about Coach Li and sings it in front of a random, Spanish-speaking crowd in Colima, Mexico? She does.
Who is the most under-rated player on the women’s national team?
Robyn Ah Mow-Santos—she’s phenomenal
Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
All of the above
What is your pre-match ritual?
Pop in the mp3 tunes, review the scouting report, heat the knees, and pray
On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Sleep if I’m tired, read if I’m not, talk if I’m feeling extra jovial
What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
USA on my back! What an honor...
What is your favorite volleyball drill?
I love the coach on 3, balance the court defense drill (call me crazy). I also like working on serve receive sideout options—it’s fun to get creative.
What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Hmmm….basketball maybe. It would be a blast to try a martial arts sport, too!
Who is your favorite athlete?
My good ‘ole dad, former NFL stud—a multitalented athlete with a big heart to change the lives of young people.
What is your favorite food?
Anything---and I do mean anything---that my mom makes. She’s brilliant.
What was your favorite subject in school?
Art and English
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?
A cooking pot, a Bible, and a guitar
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Goofy, deep, real
What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?
Summer to fall
What is one off-the-court talent that you have?
Odd accents and such
What are your most prized possessions?
photos Janos Schmidt