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20 Questions with Dan Melzar
Updated: Sunday 11/28/2011 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
The sense of community around the campus and the aspect of competing as part of a team, representing something bigger than myself. The warmer weather compared to Boston didn't hurt either...

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
USAG Championships my sophomore year where we were on fire on pommel horse - I was in the alternate spot, ready to go if needed, but they were rocking it. The atmosphere was incredible and seeing how all our hard work had paid off at that moment was awesome. Our assistant coach Pete dancing his version of Air Force One in excitement after was pretty entertaining too.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
I used to get wicked nervous at competitions, but the last few years I've been working on trusting that I put the time and hard work in and letting whatever happens, happen. I usually listen to music and get into the zone without over thinking my routines, that'll get ya.

Q: Do you belong to any other clubs, groups, or organizations?
I'm in my second year of SAAC and am in the PR group - you can see the fruits of our labor on the bulletin board next to the Athletic Training Room. I am also in the Spanish National Honor Society.

Q: What are some community activities you or your team have done?
Every Saturday we coach the recreational program of Williamsburg Gymnastics - coaching is always great to inspire kids in a sport I've devoted my life to. We also do a canned food drive ever winter break for the Williamsburg community, last year raising more than 3,000 pounds of food.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
My major is Kinesiology, concentration in Pre-med and minor in Hispanic Studies. I wanted to stay involved in athletics and plan on focusing on Orthopedics. Also, I think being bilingual opens a lot of doors, possibly even practicing overseas with Doctors Without Borders.

Q: Describe your dream job:
Doing something that I love, that's fulfilling, and financially stable...isn't that everyone's?

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
Probably tennis - I played when I was a kid and still play whenever I can.

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
Going to Fuddruckers on our way back from meets at Navy is always a good time - my teammates never cease to amaze me with how fast someone can eat a 1 pound Ostrich burger (Matt Olesiak).

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
Alex Egerter...in between hand balancing and learning to program for fun, he took a wide variety of classes here. It will be interesting to see what he focuses on...

Q: What animal would best describe you and why?
My friends from home like to tell me I'm a lion - apparently I do a mean impression...

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
I'm a quotes fanatic - here are some favorites:

"Yesterday's gone. It'll never change. What you do today will determine what's going to happen tomorrow." John Wooden

"When you face the sun, the shadows always fall behind you."

"Every truly great accomplishment is at first impossible."

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Mexican for sure - anything from celebrating Cinco de Mayo at Plaza, late night Taco Bell, or watching Landon Funiciello and Sam Patterson eat two burritos each from Chipotle and pass out.

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Venice - made a trip after studying abroad in Spain and it is unlike anywhere else in the world. The pictures I took while I was there don't look real.  

Q: Most addicting television show?
The Real World, some people are ridiculous.

Q: How will you change the world (or even just one person's world)?
I'm hoping something positive comes out of a being a doctor, that's the goal! 

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
Laziness- there are no excuses, you could always be doing something.

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
When I qualified to Nationals for the first time or when I got into college!

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Half of the skills that I do in gymnastics.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Most recently, knee surgery. But I'm coming back better than before #tribe2012

"Take the adversity, kick it, and come back stronger"











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