Introducing a British Olympian who loves California
Nov. 15, 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, Rebecca Wing, a freshman out of Farnborough, England, is introduced by senior Jenny Peter.
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.
International: A 2008 Olympian for Great Britain ... competed on every event except floor exercise in the British team's ninth-place effort at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ... competed in two World Championships (Stuttgart in 2007 and London in 2009) and two European Championships (2006 and 2009).
Club/High School: Trained at the Heathrow Gymnastics Club under Vince and Michelle Walduck, and Natalia Illenko-Jarvis ... Wing was part of two national club championship teams, in 2006 and 2010 ... a 2010 graduate of Farnborough Sixth Form College in Hampshire County.
Personal: Daughter of Timothy and Julie Wing ... has an older sister, Jenny ... born in Frimley, England ... anticipates majoring in engineering or product design ... hobbies include traveling and sketching.
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17 QUESTIONS for Rebecca
My prized possession is ... My iPhone
In my off-time, I'm most likely to be found ... Shopping!
Ten years from now, I hope to ... Have a job that I enjoy and be happy and healthy.
My greatest athletic moment was ... Competing for Great Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned ... That anything is possible.
The one thing I could never live without is ... Chocolate or my friends.
The television show I never miss is ... Friends
The coolest thing in my bedroom growing up was ... A monkey bar across my doorway that I could swing on.
My favorite memory with my Stanford teammates is ... Our team retreat to Lake Tahoe where we went hiking, swimming and did lots of other fun, team-building activities.
If I was stranded on a desert island, would I build a boat and float to safety? Search for food? Or, get a tan? First get a tan, and then find a way to escape!
My favorite class or professor at Stanford, is ... because... Math, just because math has always been my favorite subject!
The three words I would use to describe myself are ... Positive, determined, kooky
If I could trade places with anyone on the team, it would it be and why? Anyone who lives in California because it's one of my favorite places.
My hidden talent is ... Art and sketching.
The talent I'd most like to have is ... Be able to sing
My earliest gymnastics memory is ... Doing cartwheels in my garden when I was 3
If I had a chance to thank my parents, this is what I would say ... Thank you for sacrificing so much to help me get to where I am today. You helped me become such a well-rounded person and succeed in both my gymnastics and schoolwork. I would not have had the amazing opportunity to come to Stanford without your love and help.