Athlete of the Week: Natalie Uy, Fairmont

Claim to fame/honors: One of the area’s most accomplished all-around track and field athletes; qualified for state meet in three events by placing first in pole vault, second in 100 hurdles and third in high jump at regional meet; at state meet finished second in pole vault and fourth in high jump; also a successful long jumper; competing next year at Eastern Michigan University

Bet you didn’t know … I play the cello

Words you live by: The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts

Toughest opponent: Morgan Estes, who won pole vault at state

Biggest influence: My dad, Henry

Meet-day rituals: braid my hair, always picture myself going over the bar; listen to Let’s Go by Harris featuring Neno

What’s on your bedroom walls: pictures of me and my friends and family; motivational quotes; posters of Olympic champion pole vaulter Jenn Suhr and Olympic champion decathlete and world record holder Ashton Eaton; a lot of paintings and crafts that my friends or I have made; my walls are totally filled

When I’m bored I like to … read, listen to music, go on Pinterest

Favorite movie: Mulan Rouge

Person who would play you in a movie: Angelina Jolie

Favorite TV show: What I Like About You

Favorite musical artist: Rascal Flatts, Hunter Hayes, Colbie Caillat

Favorite book: Eat, Pray, Love

Favorite home-cooked meal: My mom’s chicken curry,

Favorite restaurant: Palm Palace in Ypsilanti, Mich; it’s Arabic food

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas

Whose brain would you like to pick? Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

Place where you’d love to travel? I’d love to go back to Philippines

Talent you’d like to have? I wish I could yodel

Favorite school subject: Spanish

Favorite athlete: Hurdler Lolo Jones

Favorite sports moment: This winter when I went from 10 feet to 12 feet in pole vault in one day

Favorite junk food: Airheads

Best thing about track and field: it’s just as much mental as physical; it strengthens your mind as much as your body

In 10 years, I hope to be … super happy

Natalie Uy
Natalie Uy


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