Athlete of the Week: Talia Brown, Lakota East

Name: Talia Brown

School: Lakota East High School

Sport: Soccer

Class: 2017

Age: 16

Claim to fame: Versatile, can play anywhere on the soccer field.

Bet you didn’t know: I have over 50 pairs of sneakers.

Toughest opponent/why? Myself, because I am constantly trying to overcome my own fears, failures, and weaknesses.

Favorite book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Favorite TV show: The Fosters

Favorite musical artist/song? Justin Bieber/Purpose

Favorite pro athlete/why? Lionel Messi — he is short like me but never allowed his size to stop him from being great.

Favorite smell: Food

Favorite home-cooked meal: Steak and mashed potatoes

Game-day rituals: Handshakes with teammates before the game.

Person who would play me in a movie/why? Kerry Washington — she’s amazing.

Words you live by: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

Biggest influence/why? My parents — they consistently encourage me to do the right things and work hard for what I want while always putting God first.

I am most annoyed by: My parents calling me from another room to get something that’s two feet away from them.

You can’t live without: Food

Most embarrassing moment: Crying uncontrollably from the anesthesia after my ACL surgery and having no idea why I was even crying.

In 10 years, I’ll be: Successful

Best thing about soccer: Having the opportunity to travel and play against some of the most talented players in the country.

Worst thing about soccer: Injuries (I’ve had my fair share).

Vegetable I just won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

Favorite junk food: Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite school subject: Sports medicine

Last DVD or video game I bought: Call of Duty

Person whose brain you’d like to pick: Beyoncé

Love to trade places for a day with: President Barack Obama

When I’m bored, I like to: Shop

Worst habit: Biting my lips.

On your bedroom walls: Pictures

Talent I’d most like to have: Singing

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