1. In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49′s in the Superbowl. What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?
I think that would have to be the FIG World Cup in Glasgow! The event showed hard working athletes and coaches, was so well organised, great venue, friendly stewards…it was fab. I’d like to have said the Olympics & Paralympics but I didn’t get tickets. Boo hiss. (Yes I am STILL bitter).
2. Share something you’re a fan of these days?
Gymnastics and Girlguiding. And I love that The Last Leg has been brought back from Paralympics into mainstream comedy TV. I just wish that the new series was a 1hr show every Friday night. If there’s something that makes me proud to be British, is that we are the leading country when it comes to paralympic sport. We are the flagship country for competitive gymnastics for those with a so-called ‘disability’.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, support your country’s team in the Special Olympics World Winter Games which started on Monday in South Korea.
And then pester your media for more coverage of incredible sports events like this. I’d rather watch that than a bunch of overpaid footballers or basketball players or American Football players any day.
3. How do you feel about wings? In case anyone is confused, I’m talking the edible appetizer kind. What’s your preferred seasoning on a wing-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other? Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?
I’m not the biggest fan. They are messy and I really don’t like the sauces (as usually full of other weird things to make them look and taste nice) and so often you don’t get an awful lot of decent meat on them. Give me a nice Sunday Roast with just the chicken breast instead? Ooh..and yorkshire pudding. I looooovvveeee yorkshire pudding.
4. As long as we’re talking sports today…have you followed the Lance Armstrong story? Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?
I’m a cycling fan, so it’s been kind of hard to miss. I always suspected that he did his first post-cancer Tour de France training while using illegal methods. I was annoyed about how the whole thing was done because quite frankly I don’t like how other cheating riders have come off looking like ‘victims’. I thought female road cyclist’s Nicole Cooke’s thoughts on the subject were spot on. I’m glad he has finally admitted it, it’s just sad that he had to be caught out in such a dramatic way. I feel angry for the clean riders who have been cheated out of wins, endorsements, jerseys and medals by drug-cheats, and I feel sorry for him because he really has ruined his life by his choices. He’s going to have to live with the consequences of that. What has annoyed me more is people trying to say that cycling is still like this (no it most definitely isn’t, though I’m sure we’ll always have athletes who try to cheat as we always will have people trying to take short-cuts in life) or that cycling or drug testing doesn’t work.
5. What’s a question you hate to be asked?
So, how’s your love life?
I’m not sure whether to feel sorry for the person asking me, angry at their nosiness, laugh at being in a ‘Bridget Jones’ moment or make up some ridiculous story just to shut them up.
6. The coaches in this Sunday’s big game happen to be real life brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er’s and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens. Were you and your sibling(s) competitive? In what way? Are you still? If you’re an only child how did you handle competition growing up?
I don’t think we were really competitive growing up. Firstly, we are such different people and had different strengths so it would have been silly to try make any comparisons between us. There was such a big age gap between me and my younger siblings as well. On the only child front, I was competitive in that I liked to do my best, but I don’t think I was ever a sore loser and I most certainly hated to gloat if I ever won at anything. There was the occasional lighthearted teasing and ‘trash talk’ during family board game tournaments, playing cards or football (what American folks call ‘soccer’) – but not anything horrible! I was taught good sportsmanship, and I enjoyed cheering other people on as I wanted them to do their best too. That being said, my older brothers are a year apart in age and they liked to compete by beating the crap out each other.
7. What’s your favorite game involving a ball and when did you last play?
Probably football, I last played when I was in South Africa at the tournament we held in Bhekuwandle. I really dislike ball games generally as I have no hand-eye-ball coordination to speak of. And people get way too ridiculous about it. I much prefer surfing, dancing, gymnastics, swimming or cycling!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I still haven’t seen the film of my favourite musical, Les Misérables! Several attempts to go see at have been thwarted. The next attempt is to try and see it this weekend with Sarah. People are sure this is going to be the film that will make me cry (I’ve never cried at a film…ever) and I’m quite nervous about what I’ll think of it. I’ve already seen a clip that had me very disappointed at the singing standard – I saw the best of the best doing the parts of Jean Valjean, Fantine and Cosette live on stage in both London and Edinburgh (several times) so my standards are pretty darn high.