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24 Seconds With Pauline Hanset
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/31/2011

Oct. 31, 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, Pauline Hanset, a freshman out of Knoxville, Tenn., is introduced by junior Ashley Morgan.

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.

Introducing Pauline Hanset:


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GETTING TO KNOW Pauline

International: Represented Belgium at a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011, helping Belgium place third.

Club/High School: A 2011 graduate of West High School in Knoxville, Tenn. ... competed in the 2011 Belgian national championships and placed second in the all-around ...a two-time Junior Olympic national qualifier, with regional titles on the floor and beam ... a nationally-ranked Level 10 gymnast ... in 2011, qualified for the inaugural Nastia Liukin Supergirls Cup, a prestigious honor ... first on beam and second on bars at the 2010 National Invitational Tournament ... a solid all-around competitor and especially strong in the vault and beam ... trained at Premier Athletics from 2007-11.

Personal: Daughter of Philippe Hanset and Sylvie Mathot ... has younger brothers, Maxime and Victor ... born in Brussels, Belgium ... plans to pursue pre-med, with a goal of becoming a pediatrician ... enjoys tubing, and spending time with family and friends.

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28 QUESTIONS for Pauline

My prized possession is ...
a picture frame that has the signatures of my closest friends and family and that has my grandpa's signature who is now dead

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

In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found ...
Hanging out with friends or doing outdoors activities with my family

Something people would be surprised to know about me ...
I love to dance

My parents were right when they told me ...
college would not be like anything I have ever experienced and that I would really have to work at it to succeed

Ten years from now, I hope to be ...
A pediatrician traveling to third world countries providing vaccines and care to unfortunate children

My greatest athletic moment was ...
competing for Belgium for the first time ever and placing 2nd at the Belgian Nationals

Since coming to Stanford, I have learned ...
that I can be whatever I want to be and that I have so many opportunities to explore what I like in life

Something people would be surprised to know about me is ...
I love to dance

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

Growing up in gymnastics, I always pretended to be ...
competing in the Olympics

The television show I never miss is ...
Grey's Anatomy

The coolest thing in my bedroom growing up was ...
everyone was very impressed with all my medals, but I though my stuffed rabbit named "Monkey the Rabbit" was pretty cool

My favorite memory with my Stanford teammates is ...
all the bike rides from place to place spent laughing and telling stories

If I had a theme song, it would be ...
Don't Stop Me Now by Queen

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?
I would first stock up on anything edible to sustain nourishment, and then I would proceed to build a boat to float to safety

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

My typical pre-meet meal is ...
I'm not sure if I have a set pre-meet meal, but the night before I eat pasta

Do you follow any superstitions?
Nope

My favorite class or professor at Stanford, is ...
because... IHUM is not my favorite class, but I really enjoy listening to Jeremy lecture because he is very interactive with the students and gives context to the material we are learning

My perfect day would be ...
going to the lake, tubing, swimming, having fun with friends, cookout, and ending the night with a bonfire

The three words I would use to describe myself are ...
energetic, dependable, oblivious

My hidden talent is ...
singing

The talent I'd most like to have is ...
speaking more than two languages

If I could have a personal motto, it would be ...
Make the most out of every situation

My earliest gymnastics memory is ...
splitting the beam on a split leap but not falling off and just sitting there on the mean not knowing what to do

If I had a chance to thank my parents, this is what I would say ...
Thank you for raising me in such an open and accepting environment and for allowing me to think and speak my mind and make my own decisions. I could not have dreamed of being born in a better family! I love you all!!


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