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24 Seconds With Ivana Hong
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/08/2011

Nov. 8, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. - Welcome to a weekly feature introducing the 13 members of the Stanford women's gymnastics team.

The title is called 24 Seconds, which refers (approximately) to the length of the video in which the Cardinal gymnasts are introduced by their teammates. This week, Ivana Hong, a freshman out of Allen, Texas, is introduced by senior Alyssa Brown.

To find out more about each gymnast, gostanford.com's has included two additional features: A brief rundown of each gymnast's background, followed by a Q&A session that will attempt to reveal even more about each Cardinal gymnast.

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INTRODUCING Ivana Hong:


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GETTING TO KNOW Ivana

International: A 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate ... won a World Championships bronze medal on the beam in London in 2009 ... won international team gold medals while competing for the U.S. at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ... earned a Pan Am bronze in the all-around.

Club/High School: Captured two U.S. senior elite national titles at the 2009 USA Visa Championships in Dallas - winning the balance beam and vault, and finishing second in the all-around ... trained at the renowned World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, from 2009-11 under Valeri Liukin, father of 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin.

Personal: Daughter of Mike and Michelle Hong ... has two sisters, Isabelle and Isadora, and a brother, Preston ... mother is a 1981 Stanford graduate ... Michelle escaped Vietnam in a boat at age 15, the same age her daughter was when vying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team ... born in Worcester, Mass. ... considering majoring in human biology, economics, or communication.

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18 QUESTIONS for Ivana

My prized possession is ...
My laptop

If I was a tour guide in my hometown, my first stop would be ...
Edward Cinemas

My parents were right when they told me ...
To make decisions with a clear mind.

My greatest athletic moment was ...
When I was named most photogenic athlete of the year in 2010.

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned ...
How important team chemistry is.

The one thing I could never live without is ...
God

Growing up in gymnastics, I always pretended to be ...
A monkey

Other than Stanford, my favorite sports team is ...
Los Angeles Lakers

If I had a theme song, it would be ...
Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer

If I was stranded on a desert island, would I build a boat and float to safety? Search for anything edible to sustain nourishment? Or, get a tan?
Search for anything edible to sustain nourishment and get a tan!

My typical pre-meet meal is ...
Some type of meat and veggies

My perfect day would be ...
a day spent at the beach with my whole family in Southern California

The three words I would use to describe myself are ...
Humble, determined, diligent

If I could trade places with anyone on the team, who would it be and why?
Nicole Pechanec because she is a good leader and her gymnastics is so pretty and aggressive.

My hidden talent is ...
I can roll my stomach

If I could have a personal motto, it would be ...
zero regrets

My earliest gymnastics memory is ...
Tripping down the vault runway at my first level 5 meet.

If I had a chance to thank my parents, this is what I would say ...
Thank you for giving me everything you can offer and sacrificing so much for me to be able to accomplish my dreams. You never gave up on me no matter what and that has given me strength throughout the years to keep pushing myself to improve every single day as an athlete, student, and person. I love you so much!


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