Monday, November 17, 2008

5 Questions - Random Favorites

Since this blog started I’ve done this segment of interviews that I call 5 Questions. I’ve talked to some very interesting people in the world of sports. I’ve also re-run favorites here and there, ran a contest, and done other summaries.

I’ve got several interviews brewing but I wanted to take a moment to share five of my favorite questions and answers that have been run so far. (I actually have more than 5 favorites.)

Lisa Guerrero

What do you consider the most significant event in sports that you have been a part of in your lifetime?

When Los Angeles hosted the Olympics in 1984, I was a placard bearer for the country of Belgium for the opening and closing ceremonies. In addition, I was basically a guide for many of the international athletes. At the time I was a Los Angeles Rams Cheerleader and I really enjoyed being involved with all of the other athletes and organizations to showcase Los Angeles. It was great that all Americans could come together on an international stage. I’ll never forget how proud I was seeing the whole community come together. The Los Angeles area changed traffic patterns so that spectators could get to all the events since they were spread out. It was a great indicator of how an economy can take time out to support sports.

Becky “Ocho Cinco” Leetch

Do you consider yourself a role model? If so, to whom? If not, why? What do you think makes a good role model? What would you tell young athletes about following their dreams?

Yes, I do consider myself as a role model. Every adult should. You never know who is watching you and who wants to emulate what you do. I just need to make sure that what I’m doing is positive.

I’d tell young athletes, and just the youth in general, is to follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid to try anything. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, because of “XYZ”. If you want to do it, do it!! I’m only 5’ 1”. If someone would have told me that I “can’t” play football, I’d have more of an inspiration to do better and to prove them wrong!! I cannot begin to tell you how passionate I am about believing in yourself. Again, I’m only 5’1! I may not get to play much, but when I do, I play as if I’m 5’10”. My heart, and passion for the game supersedes my small stature.

Vanessa Santillan

Do you consider yourself a role model? What would you say to young athletes about following their sports dreams?

I think anyone that works with children/teenagers should automatically be a role model whether that be a teacher or coach. I work hard physically to make sure that I can be in the best shape I can for the game and I try my best to be a good teammate and athlete for the team.

I have the opportunity to really help develop athletes on a daily basis. I see young girls and boys who are reserved at times and hold themselves back because they don't want to stand out or don't believe in themselves enough. As a coach your job is not only to help a child get faster and stronger but also to help bring out their confidence so that they can have just as much fun playing a sport as you (the coach) does.

We play sports for fun and to feel successful. Young athletes especially need to make sure that at the end of the day they are having fun. If an athlete wants to take their sport to the next level they need to take advantage of every moment to get better mentally and physically.

Jane Schonberger

What are the most significant sporting events throughout history for women in your opinion? What is the most meaningful event that is sports-related that you have personally participated in?

Probably the most significant event for women in sports was Billie Jean King’s 1973 victory over Bobby Riggs. We all know she was at the height of her career while he was on the downward slope so the match itself wasn’t that spectacular but Title IX had just passed and the match sparked a revolution for women as well as a heightened awareness of female athletes.

The Women’s World Cup in 1999 was the first sporting event I attended where I could literally feel popular opinion shift. With nearly 100,000 fans in the stands, the most-attended women's sports event in history, the U.S. Women’s National Team held the appeal of rock stars. These players were Title IX babies who embodied the best of what women in sport stands for. And the match was incredible! It was as good a competition as any sporting event, male or female, I’ve ever attended.

More recently, Danica Patrick winning an Indy race put to rest the notion that women can’t compete against men. Drivers like Janet Guthrie and Lyn. St. James had already put a stake in the ground but Danica got the checkered flag and will go down in history.

On a far more personal level, I’m involved in supporting girls in our community via sports events with the Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Dept. and the Girl Scouts. And as a company, Pretty Tough sponsors girls across the country that are involved in both traditional and non-traditional sports. I find participation at this kind a micro level is extremely meaningful.

Fred Roggin

What would it take for more women to be viable sports reporters/broadcasters? I understand that sports are a “guy’s thing”, but can a sports-obsessed woman be readable and believable to men? What can a female do to be taken seriously as a sports authority?

The politically correct thing to say is, times have changed and women have the same chance. The truth is, times have changed and women have more of a chance. There's no question many women know more about sports than a lot of men but when you're dealing with a predominantly male audience it can tough to break thru. I've always believed that the best people succeed. If a woman is the best and can hang in there, she will succeed.

What has been your favorite question or interview so far?

By the way…

Today In Sports History

1968 – The famous Heidi Game took place. Read the link if you don’t know what this is.


Lindsay said...

I like how Fred said if a woman is the best and can hang in there, she will succeed. I also liked how "Ocho Cinco" said every adult should be a role model because you never know who is watching. That is great to think about and I'm glad you reminded us of your interview with her.

Apryl DeLancey said...

I was so excited by Fred's comments - he was gracious and truthful.

Becky is awesome and I can't wait to catch up with her for a follow up next season! She's a big surfer too.

Becky (ocho cinco) said...

Thanks for the kind words Apryl. You know, before coming to this blog today, I was on the site and they had an article about young teens and having sex. These 13 year old girls WANT to be teenage moms!! That's SO sad! The things that they are missing out on life. I don't know where to point the blame, but it is very, very sad - just to know that as a teenage mom, they are going to miss out on SO many things.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Thank YOU, Becky - you rock!

Oof, that IS sad. The poor young ladies probably don't have strong role models. This is one reason that I go back to my old 'hood and try to help mentor young women. In fact, I'm making a trip this afternoon to visit one special children's/teen's organization to do just that.