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24 Seconds With Alex Archer
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/23/2012

Jan. 23, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. - Welcome to a 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, Alex Archer, a freshman from Newport Beach, Calif., is introduced by senior Nicole Pechanec.

To find out more about each gymnast, gostanford.com 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 Alex Archer

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GETTING TO KNOW Alex

Club/High School: Won three Southern California championships, including the Level 10 uneven bars title in 2010 ... captured a Level 10 silver on the uneven bars at the 2010 regionals, was second on vault in 2011 and fifth all-around ... trained under coaches Trent and Jill Spaulding at Precision Gymnastics of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. ... a two-time qualifier for the Junior Olympic nationals ... trained at New Hope and Wildfire, SCEGA, and Team EC, before moving on to Precision.

Personal: Daughter of Joe Archer and Donna Merrigan Archer ... sister McKenna is a junior on the Cornell University gymnastics team ... born in Newport Beach, Calif. ... carried a 4.0 grade-point average at Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, Calif. ... a member of the California Scholarship Federation and the National Society of High School Scholars ... began gymnastics at age 2 with the Costa Mesa Parks & Rec program.

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26 QUESTIONS for Alex

If I was a tour guide in my hometown, my first stop would be ...
The beach.

In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found ...
With my friends at the beach or waterskiing at the lake.

Something people would be surprised to know about me ...
Is that I'm an emotional person and will definitely start crying if someone else is.

Ten years from now, I hope to be ...
Happy with a job and family and still have my teammates as my best friends.

My greatest athletic moment was ...
When I made it to JO Nationals for the first time.

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned ...
How lucky I am to be here, especially on the gymnastics team.

The one thing I could never live without is ...
my friends and family.

Other than Stanford, my favorite sports team is ...
The Lakers

The television show I never miss is ...
New Girl. Well, I miss it sometimes, but it's still my favorite.

The hardest thing about being a student-athlete is ...
Any obstacle of being a student-athlete at Stanford University is worth it.

The coolest thing in my bedroom growing up was ...
Glow-in-the-dark stars on my ceiling.

My favorite memory with my Stanford teammates is ...
I have too many already. It's whenever we're all together, especially at training table because we always bring out the craziness in each other.

When I was younger, I always got in trouble when I ...
Did just about anything.

If I had a theme song, it would be ...
Teenage Dream by Katy Perry

If I was stranded on a desert island, would I build a boat and float to safety, search for food, or get a tan?
I would build a yacht, pack as much sustainable nourishment as I could find on that island, and sail away until I found someone/something, and when the food runs out I would swim with the dolphins.

If I had a racehorse in the Kentucky Derby, I would name it ...
Bobilina Biscuit.

My typical pre-meet meal is ...
Cereal--Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

My favorite class or professor at Stanford, is ...
Professor Schwartz because not only is she a great professor, she always has a good sense of humor and somehow makes Chemistry an interesting class.

My perfect day would be ...
Waterskiing from sunrise to sunset with my friends and family.

The three words I would use to describe myself are ...
Outgoing, funny, and caring.

If I could trade places with anyone on the team, it would it be ...
Ivana Hong, because she's that awesome and I admire her so much in everything she's already achieved and continues to achieve. She's such a stunning gymnast, person, and absolutely amazing friend. You would be crazy not to want to trade places with her.

My hidden talent is ...
My killer dance moves.

The talent I'd most like to have is ...
To sing

If I could have a personal motto, it would be ...
To live every day to the fullest and as happy as possible, so I always make the most of it.

My earliest gymnastics memory is ...
Spitting my tooth out right before my Level 5 competition routine and having to run to my mom so she could keep it for the tooth fairy.

If I had a chance to thank my parents, this is what I would say ...
Thank you for always supporting me and never missing one of my competitions. Thank you for helping me grow into my crazy personality and become the person I am today. Thank you for all those long drives to practice that you sacrificed for me and for always encouraging me in gymnastics. Thank you for putting up with my speech issue and helping me find the humor in it instead of frustration. Most of all, thank you for always believing in me and telling me that I can reach any dream I have, because I did. And I want you to know that I am so happy here every day.


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