May 27, 2008
In preparing for this weekend’s NCAA Track & Field East Regional Championships, senior hurdler Elliott Wood sits down with Seminoles.com to discuss his goals for the track and field post season as well as his future beyond Florida State.
Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: “First and foremost, stay injury free. Once that goal is achieved the performance aspects will follow. I want to come in top five at the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles. My ultimate goal is to make the Australian Olympic team for Beijing, China.”
Q: What are some of the differences about competing in the U.S. versus Australia?
A: “In the U.S there is a lot more competition. Just the college system alone has a huge number of talented athletes at the elite level. It’s tough but also very beneficial because every time I stop on the track I have to be ready to run fast. I have to bring my `A’ game.”
Q: What do you miss most about Australia?
A: “Definitely my family and friends. The support my family gives me is unattainable here. I have made a lot of friends here at FSU, but the core group I grew up with is always missed. I also really miss the beach.”
Q: What are your ambitions after graduating from FSU?
A: “Definitely to turn pro and compete on the European circuit to prepare for the Olympics. Eventually I would like to be on the podium at the Olympics, but that might come true when I mature as an athlete–hopefully by the 2012 Olympics. I also want to get the Australian record.”
Q: What famous athlete has had the biggest influence on you? Why?
A: “When I was younger it was Carl Lewis. I met him when I was eight in
Australia, and he gave me a high-five.”
Q: Do you have any pre-race rituals?
A: “It’s a little silly, but when I have set up my blocks and I am completing my preparation with run-throughs over the hurdles I kiss my finger and touch the first hurdle as I walk back to my blocks. It’s very subtle, but I do it just to help me get over the first hurdle clearly.”
Q: If you can play another sport, what would it be?
A: “Soccer. I played soccer from when I was 6 to 13. I loved it and I miss the team and companionship since track sometimes gets lonely. If I was physically built a little more I would play rugby. Rugby is huge in Australia and I love to watch it.”
Q: What is your most prized possession?
A: “My toothbrush–can’t go anywhere without it. Clean teeth are very important!”
Q: What is your favorite thing to do on your off-time?
A: “Get away from the track. I like to be with friends, go to the movies and play video games. I like to let my mind relax. If I’m near the beach, I love to go to the beach.”
Q: Where is your favorite place to eat in Tallahassee?
A: “If I got the money in the bank…Masa, and Cool Beans.”
Q: What is the best part of being a part of the FSU Men’s Track and Field team?
A: “All the rings! Also, although track is an individual sport, being a part of this team is not like you’re on your own. Everybody is cool with each other off the track too.”