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Tribe 20 Questions with Katie Hinchen
Updated: Thursday 09/20/2011 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
I chose the Tribe because of the sense of family and community that exists on the sports teams and in the school. There is a real compassion amongst the teammates and students that doesn’t exist in other schools. 

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
Right now, because I haven’t competed yet, it probably would be when I got the email with all the xc/track information back in May. Seeing the other freshman’s names on the list and finding out my roommate made me realize that being a college athlete wasn’t a far off dream anymore. 
Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I like to warm up about an hour and 15 minutes before my race with a 10 minute brisk jog. Then I stretch out well and talk to my teammates. Together we do some dynamic stretches after and then I’ll go for another 5 minute jog before heading over to the clerking area to put on my spikes. Having a set routine like that allows me to focus on the race instead of worrying about being ready on time. Instead I’ll try to think about people in the race to hang with and what my goals for the race are.
Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
I helped coach the Blue Devils Running Club for middle school runners in the winter and spring which was a lot of fun.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
In high school we participated in local runs in the area that raise money for different causes. The Rouse Run at our school raises money for autism awareness and we always participated in that.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
Probably neuroscience or kinesiology with a premed concentration. I’m a pretty big nerd when it comes to science, especially biology. I find the human body, particularly the brain, fascinating. 
Q: Describe your dream job:
A doctor. I don’t know which kind yet, maybe neurologist.
Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Hmmmm I’d probably pick soccer. I never played when I was younger because I swam on a team instead but I wish I played. I play pickup games with my friends. 

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
Golden Retriever. I have a very happy personality and I’m quite affectionate. 

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
“I don’t race to see who is the fastest. I race to see who has the most guts.” Pre

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
I love any kind of curries – Indian and Thai especially.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Ayers Rock in Australia. It is a massive rock in the middle of the Outback that is sacred to the aboriginal people. It is beautiful. Red sand and rock expanding to the horizon in every direction.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Derek Jeter. He is my favorite sports player and a role model. Day in day out he works his butt off as captain of the Yankees. He has passion and determination. He would be an amazing person to talk with.
Q: Most addicting television show?
Oh House by a long shot. Watch it daily. I’m an addict.
Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person’s world)?
By saying something nice to a person. The power of a smile and a compliment is underestimated.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know...
I love to dance. Most people who see me dance wouldn’t think that because I’m not very good at it but I enjoy it even if I do it badly.
Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
Probably when I posted on my friend’s wall that I had been training to take her down in a nerf gun war. Long story
Q: What’s number one on your bucket list and why?
To travel around Europe after I graduate. I would love to go to Eastern Europe – Russia especially. Russian history fascinates me.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
I’m a good writer. Writing is definitely a strong point for me.

Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
I don’t Twitter but if I did I think Lady Gaga would have some pretty interesting tweets

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
It’s kind of strange but I hate when people chew gum loudly. I can’t stand the sound.

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Outer space scares me. Everyone tells me that’s weird but that’s me. My brain can’t comprehend how large it is and how comparatively tiny and powerless we are.  It freaks me out. 

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Injuries. They are every athlete’s worst nightmare. My senior year of high school I was plagued with tendonitis; first in my feet and then in my hip. It was tough because I saw months of training waste away while rehabbing my injuries. When I got back my performances weren’t what I knew they could have been. My coach told me some of the best advice though that helped me through. He said that life is full of challenges. Who we are and who we become is based off our reactions to those challenges.

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