September 23rd, 2010

"20 Key Questions" With Emma Brink

Chris Jung

Senior Writer

"20 Key Questions" With Emma Brink
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Sacred Heart runner, future Tar Heel takes on the "Questions"

Each week, will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 key questions - some in-depth, some lighthearted - that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. Below are the "20 Key Questions," brought to you by Key Financial Mortgage LLC.

What hasn't Emma Brink accomplished at the high school level for running? The Sacred Heart Academy senior cross country star and track and field middle distance/distance athlete has a resume as long as the number of miles she's run over the past four years with the Valkyries.

To name a few, Brink is a nine-time individual state champion (which includes three consecutive cross country titles and six track titles), owns one team state cross country title (2009), holds three state records in cross country (1600m and 800m), is a two-time Gatorade Kentucky Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year, a two-time Gatorade Kentucky Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, two-time KHSAA Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year (Miss Track and Field), two-time KHSAA Girls Cross Country Athlete of the Year (Miss Cross Country), has been named a Nike All-American, and is currently ranked 19th in the nation by

Not too shabby.

Earlier this week, Brink added another accomplishment to the list when she announced that she will attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill next year. Heralded as one of the best runners in the history of Kentucky state competition, there is no doubt that Brink will continue to excel during the remainder of this year, in college, and beyond. 

Brink recently took part in the newest installment of "20 Questions," and here were the answers given straight from the mouth of this future Tar Heel:

1. What is your favorite pump up music on game day?

My favorite pump up song is Dynamite by Taio Cruz because the fast beat gets me excited for the upcoming race.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Two and a half hours before my first race I eat a scrambled egg and ham sandwich along with a banana to. In between races I eat a lemon-lime GU.

3. Cats or Cards?

I am neutral because my dad is from Knoxville, TN and my mom New Orleans, LA. 

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level?

Professional runner and graduate of UNC Chapel Hill Shalane Flanagan is my all-time favorite runner! I am lucky to say that she will be one of my assistant coaches at UNC!

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." - Eric Liddell in the movie Chariots of Fire

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

My faith helps me to remain committed to my team, fair with others, and dedicated to hard work.

7. What keeps you motivated?

I have a passion for running! Also, I believe that if you do not have that passion, you are either not going to continue, or will continue but not perform your best.

8. All time favorite board game?

My family and I become very competitive when we play Monopoly.

9. Blackberry or iPhone?

I have an iPhone and love it!

10. Favorite Facebook function?

My friends, family, and I enjoy the ability to share photos on Facebook. It is an easy way to keep in touch and show off the latest dance pictures, etc.

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

America’s Next Top Model - My sister, Sally, and I watch every Wednesday

12. What is your favorite pro team?

The New Orleans Saints are my favorite pro team because my grandma lives in New Orleans.

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

I am a perfectionist and always try my best at everything from the race course to school.

14. Gatorade or Powerade? Which flavor?

I drink Lemon-Lime Gatorade after a race or hard work out to rehydrate.

15. What is your favorite hour of the day?

The hour that I finally get to go to sleep

16. Best smart phone app?

My favorite iPhone app is the Weather Channel because I can see what kind of clothes I need to bring to practice, especially if it might rain.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

I volunteer at Community Catholic Charities where I tutor at-risk elementary school children in the Portland neighborhood

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

I love to water ski, slalom, and kneeboard on the lake. I even hold the Brink family record for the most 360s on the kneeboard in a row: 27.

19. What is one thing you wish scientists would invent?

I wish scientists would invent time travel so I could go back and fix the only race that I have ever lost in Kentucky: the 1600 in the Bulldog Invitational my freshman year.

20. What is your proudest athletic moment?

The proudest athletic moment was the 2009 KHSAA Cross Country Championships where I won the individual title in a new state record and Sacred Heart won the team title!


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