Pac-10 Q&A with Kimyon Broom, California Track & Field

Jan. 22, 2009

Up Close and Personal with Kimyon Bloom

In her freshman season (2007), Broom notched Cal's fastest 100-meter hurdle time of the year with a regional-qualifying 13.77 to take fifth at the California Collegiate Challenge. She added to the accolades with Cal's fastest 100-meter dash (12.20) and a fourth place finish at the Big Meet. Finally, Broom ran Cal's fastest 60-meter hurdles with an 8.50 at the Husky Classic. This season, she's back on the track and is giving shout-outs to God and to her grandfather, mother, family, coaches, roommate, Noodle. Courtesy of

What I’m reading... No Coward Soldiers. It was required reading for one of my History/American Studies courses. We were only assigned to read a portion of the book, but I was so intrigued by the story that I read the entire book. Otherwise, I’m a casual/social reader, meaning that I have lots of magazines lying around my apartment. My favorite magazines are Vibe and Black Hair.

No Coward Soldiers cover

If I could make the cover of any magazine, it would be... Sports Illustrated. There are not a lot of females who make the cover of that magazine. Sports just are not dominated by female profiles in national media. I want to grace the cover of SI as an image of a strong female athlete and successful professional.

Sports Illustrated cover

My professional ambitions after Cal... My ultimate goal is to help the world in any way possible. I’m not yet sure what my special contribution to the world will be, but I really do want world peace. The two social groups that interest me the most are senior citizens and children. I hope to promote emotional stability, professional development, and athletic achievement.

Best community outreach experience... When I was in high school, I participated in a youth organization that my mom helped to run, United Peace Organization Against Crime. UPAC targets inner-city children ages 7-17 and recruits them by going to childrens’ homes and schools. During one week every summer, UPAC organizes a retreat whereby the children are exposed to a lifestyle different from their everyday struggles. My most recent trip with UPAC was to Big Bear, where the group hiked, camped, and sat around the campfire. One boy has stayed in my mind for many years, an illustration of the evil that affects children. His mother was a drug addict, and the boy was born with many health complications. He was a sweet boy, but had numerous tantrums throughout each day during which he went wild and crazy. His story is a sad reminder that his life was taken over by a habit that his mother couldn’t cut.

Attribute I like most about myself... I am extremely caring and understanding, constantly putting others before myself. I am a loving person and a very strong woman. Consequently, lots of people come to me for support.

My team role on the track... My empathetic and low-key personality keeps me focused and relaxed. I am a quiet leader on the track team. Sure, amongst the hurdle group I offer verbal encouragement and technical advice. But when we meet as a full team, I tend to stand in the background. I choose to lead by example, to not try to control everything.

How I channel a competitive athletic spirit... I am a friendly competitor. I don’t stress over meets or get ridiculously nervous before a race. People get so wrapped up in being perfect every time they set in the start blocks. I usually just look forward to the opportunity to run another day in this life.

The thing that most motivates me... Without question, my mother. She is strong and has sacrificed so much for me. Every day I wake up with the aim of making her happy and proud. By using the talents that God has blessed me with to their fullest potential, I serve as an example to the kids in my family who are younger than me. I hope my influences will make them realize their own potential.

My favorite part of a competition... The middle of any hurdles race. It is at that point that I begin to transition to the end of the race and the finish line. After attacking the first and second hurdles of the race, I fall into a very comfortable rhythm. I know that if I’m near the front of the pack after those initial hurdles, I’m in solid contention for the heat victory. I get extremely hungry (competitively speaking) once the finish line comes into sight.

Track hurdles

Biggest pet peeve... Negative people. If I’m happy and someone else wants everyone in the world to be mad because they’ are mad, that nerves me. I just want to scream at that person, “Be happy that you woke up today!” I also get frustrated when people act like they have something to share in a conversation, but then say “never mind.” Say what you mean to say!


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