Cardinal Capsule: Mariel Ettinger

Nov. 13, 2001

Mariel Ettinger

Sport: Women's Cross Country
Year: Junior
Hometown: LaGrande, OR
High School: LaGrande HS
Major: Political Science
Stanford Athletics Highlights: One of the most consistent Cardinal runners over the last three years ... Has won a pair collegiate meets with victories in the season-opening meets each of the last two years at the Sacramento State Invitational (9/2/00) and the Jammin' Invitational (9/1/01) ... Also has two other Top 10 finishes this season in the long course (6000 meter) race at the Stanford Invitational (5th, 21:10) and at the Pac-10 Championships (8th, 21:09.7, 6000 meters).


Favorite Music Artist
I like all punk music. Naming my favorite artist would be hard. But I guess I would have to say Me First and the Gimme Gimmies.

Favorite Sports Team
I am a big Falcons fan.

Favorite Place To Hang Out
Home in Oregon.

Best Book You Have Read
The Power of One.

Favorite Class
Democratic Theory with Paul Sniderman.

Favorite Hobby
All my hobbies are sports related. I love cycling, swimming, rock climbing and backpacking.

Favorite Video Game
Tomb Raider.

Favorite Movie

Favorite TV Show
Law and Order.

Favorite Professional Athlete
Without a doubt Lance Armstrong!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite Non-Running Activity
Cycling with my father - he races road and mountain bikes.

One Word That Describes You
Yikes one word ... how about excited? I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful team, excited that we have so much potential, and I am excited to be at such a great school and a part of all of it.

If You Were Going On A Road Trip And Could Take Only One CD, Which One Would You Take?
My brother makes really good mixes, and so I guess I would take one of the CD's that he has put together for me.

Best Vacation Or Trip You've Ever Taken
My mother is Puerto Rican, and so we used to go to visit her family a lot in Caguas. I love it there, those memories are all really special to me.

Opponent You Would Most Like To Beat
Tara Chaplin, Arizona.

How Do You Prepare Before A Run? Do You Have Any Raceday Superstitions
I have too many superstitions! I prepare for every race exactly the same. I get up, shake out with my teammates, have a bowl of oatmeal and a power bar, listen to some fast music, and go to the course. I know when I am prepared before a run when I get a wave of perfect calmness. To me it isn't whether or not I can run the race, I know I can finish a 6k, the important thing for me is my mind, where is it, am I positive about running that day. The hardest part isn't always the race, but the mindset going into it.

If You Could Play Another Sport At Stanford, What Would It Be?
I would want to be on the swim team. I remember when I was six years old my swim coach back home showed us tapes of (Stanford head men's swimming coach) Skip (Kenney) and would tell us that if you wanted to be an Olympic swimmer, you went to Stanford.

The Best Thing About Being A Student-Athlete At Stanford
Its always challenging, there is never a dull moment.

What Is The Best Sporting Event You Have Ever Attended As A Spectator?
Stanford women's soccer. The games are always fun to watch.

Somewhere You Have Never Been That You Would Most Like To Visit
Someday, I will have to go to Florence, Italy.

Who's The Most Influential Person In Your Life?
Probably both my parents, and after that would be my high school coach Joe Newton.

If You Could Have Dinner With A Famous Person, Who Would It Be?
Lance Armstrong. I would ask him where he gets his courage and persistence.

What Do You See Yourself Doing In 10 Years?
I plan on continuing to run, hopefully as a professional, and I would be working for a company like Nike as a corporate attorney.

What Has Been The Highlight Of Your Athletic Career To This Point?
Being able to go to Morocco as part of the USA Junior World Team. I learned so much about myself, about running, and about the world on that trip. Qualifying in itself was a triumph for me, but once I was in Morocco, I gained so much more from the experience than just international competition.

What Do You Like To Do In Your Spare Time?
When I am not feeling incredibly energetic I love to read. I also just enjoy hanging out with my close friends and teammates.

Who's The Most Influential Person In Your Life?
Undoubtedly my father has been the most influential person in my life. He has opened my eyes to so much. I never quit learning from him, and I never cease to be inspired by all that he has achieved.

What Made You Choose To Attend Stanford?
It was the best school academically on the West Coast, and it has the nation's number one distance running program.

What's Something About Yourself That Few People Know?
I am Hispanic. Most people would never know by looking at me, but I am 50% Puerto Rican.

What Would You Want People To Say About You When You Leave Stanford?
That was one tenacious kid.

Favorite Breakfast Cereal

What Advice Would You Give To Youngsters Who Want To Run Collegiately?
Have high expectations and goals for yourself, and never let anyone tell you what you can and cannot accomplish, and really try not to train too much, respect your body.

Earliest Running Memory
I didn't really start running until I was a sophomore in high school, but I do have one memory of running the mile in sixth grade for a time. I beat all the boys. :)

Favorite Pre-Race Meal
I used to go with pancakes or french toast, but now I do oatmeal because we race so early.

How Did You Spend Last Summer
I worked in a law office at home as a substitute secretary. But the summer before last I worked construction

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