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Wood Hoping For A Trip To Des Moines, Maybe Beijing

May 27, 2008

In preparing for this weekend’s NCAA Track & Field East Regional Championships, senior hurdler Elliott Wood sits down with 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.”


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