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24 Seconds With Samantha Shapiro
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/10/2012

Jan. 10, 2012

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, Samantha Shapiro, a freshman out of Los Angeles is introduced by junior Nicole Dayton.

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 Samantha Shapiro

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GETTING TO KNOW Samantha

International: Member of the U.S. national team from 2006-11, first with the junior team from ages 13-18 (2006-09) and and then with the senior team from 2009-11 ... while competing for the U.S. national team, won the beam and bars at the 2008 Pan American Gymnastics Union Individual Event Championships in Rosario, Argentina ... captured the all-around, beam, and bars at the 2008 Gymnix International in Montreal ... won the bars at the 2008 Jesolo (Italy) Grand Prix ... at the 2008 Pacific Rim Championships in San Jose against the likes of China and Russia, Shapiro won the bars and was second in the all-around ... won bars at the 2009 World Cup in Montreal.

Club/High School: A three-time U.S. elite national champion ... won the balance beam and uneven bars at the 2008 U.S. junior national championships and was second in the all-around ... in the 2007 U.S. junior championships, won the beam, and was second all-around and on the bars and floor ... was fifth on the floor and seventh in the all-around at the 2010 U.S. senior nationals in Hartford, Conn. ... also placed seventh on the beam and ninth on the bars ... competed at the 2010 World team selection camp in Huntsville, Texas ... trained by Galina Marinova and Artur Akopyan at the All-Olympia Gymnastics Center in Los Angeles ... a three-time U.S. junior national champion ... won 10 Junior Olympic state titles ... was first on the bars and second all-around at the 2005 Junior Olympic regionals ... USA Gymnastics TOPs national-team member in 2004-04 ... a 2011 graduate of Windward School in Los Angeles.

Personal: Daughter of Brent and Abbe Shapiro ... has a younger sister, Nicki ... born in Santa Monica, Calif. ... hobbies include going to the beach, watching movies with family and friends ... loves dancing, roller coasters, and the outdoors.

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29 QUESTIONS for Samantha

My prized possession is ...
my integrity.

If I was a tour guide in my hometown, my first stop would be ...
Venice Beach.

In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found ...
outdoors.

Something people would be surprised to know about me ...
is that I never open a gift before the day it is supposed to be opened.

My parents were right when they told me ...
"Don't sweat the small stuff."

The worst pickup line I ever heard was ...
`Are you tired? (No, why?) Because you've been running though my mind all day.'

Ten years from now, I hope to be ...
doing something I love.

My greatest athletic moment was ...
It's a tie 1) Standing on the top of the award podium with the USA team in front of China and Russia at the Pacific Rim Championships. I felt such pride as our national anthem played while the American flag was raised. 2) Nailing my bar routine for the win with a broken foot at the Montreal World Cup.

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned ...
Everyone is truly special and has his/her own awesome and unique story.

The one thing I could never live without is ...
my sister.

Growing up in gymnastics, I always pretended to be ...
the older girls in my gym.

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

The television show I never miss is ...
MODERN FAMILY!

The hardest thing about being a student-athlete is ...
finding the time to take advantage of all the amazing opportunities Stanford has to offer.

The coolest thing in my bedroom growing up was ...
a slide

My favorite memory with my Stanford teammates is ...
Sunday morning brunch after practice.

When I was younger, I always got in trouble when I ...
refused to take naps during naptime.

If I had a theme song, it would be ...
"Don't Stop Believing" by Journey.

If I was stranded on a desert island, would I build a boat and float to safety? Search for food? Or, get a tan?
Build a boat and float to safety while getting a tan in the process.

If I had a racehorse in the Kentucky Derby, I would name it?
Horsey

My typical pre-meet meal is ...
generally protein

Do you follow any superstitions?
No - I am superstitious about following superstitions.

My perfect day would be ...
Sleeping in, going for a jog, eating brunch with friends, going to the beach, watching a movie, and then sitting around a bonfire, relaxing and chilling with friends.

The three words I would use to describe myself are ...
dedicated, perseverant, outgoing.

My hidden talent is ...
rapping.

The talent I'd most like to have is ...
the ability to sing without people running away.

If I could have a personal motto, it would be ...
Live, Love, Laugh.

My earliest gymnastics memory is ...
discovering the trampoline.

If I had a chance to thank my parents, this is what I would say ...
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of your endless support and belief in me.


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