20 Questions with Andrew Larsen

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Gophersports.com: Use five words to describe yourself.
Andrew Larsen:  Weird, quirky, sleepy, dopey, and funky

GS: Describe your perfect day - who would you spend it with, what would you do, where would you be?
AL:  I don't know about my perfect day but one of my favorite days this year has been going for a run, grabbing some Chipotle, and sitting on the couch with the apartment 5 guys watching Heroes


GS:  What is your pre-race routine?
AL:  I usually have a bowl of oatmeal and just try and relax.  I don't have many superstitions.

GS: Other than the Gophers, what is your favorite sports team? (College or Pro)
AL:  The Minnesota Vikings

GS: What do you miss the most about being at home?
AL:  Definitely the thing I miss most is my mom's cooking, particularly pepperoni bread

GS:  Who was the most famous person you have ever met?
AL:  Candice Parker, she ref'd one of my grade school basketball games

GS:  If your life was to be turned into a movie, what genre would it be; what would the title be; what actor would you have star in it?
AL:  I don't know about a movie but Steve Sulkin and I plan on making a TV show called "Sittin' Supes Close With Steve and Lars."  It's a TV show about quoting other shows.

GS:  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
AL:  Probably Japan, I've always wanted to go there

GS:  What was the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
AL:  I have a few from the past couple years of College but I doubt they would be appropriate. 

GS:  What is the best advice you have received? Who was it from?
AL:  One of the best pieces of advice I've been given was from a high school training partner of mine, Charlie Kern.  When I was a sophomore in High School he asked me a simple question "How good do you want to be?" It wasn't really advice, but I think about that almost every day before I go for a run.

GS:  What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
AL:  Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

GS:  If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?
AL:  Forwards, because than I wouldn't need roads.

GS:  Where is your favorite place at the University of Minnesota?
AL:  The walking bridge overlooking downtown and the 35W bridge at night, when it's lit up.

GS:  What is your major? Why did you choose this major?
AL:  Computer Science, I enjoy working with computers.


GS:  What is the first thing you think about when you wake up?
AL:  If I'm late for class or not

GS:  Do you have any siblings? How many?
AL:  Yes, I have a younger brother Alec.  He's 16.


GS:  What is your favorite class or professor so far at Minnesota, and why?
AL:  My favorite class has been Sports in a Diverse Society

GS:  If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life, what would you eat?
AL:  Pizza definitely

GS:  Who was your role-model as a child? Why? Has your role model changed now that you are older?
AL:  My role model growing up was Chris Carter but my role model now is my Dad.  The older I get the more I can appreciate how hard he works everyday to support our family.

GS:  How has being a student and athlete at Minnesota influenced your life?

 Having the opportunity to not only attend Minnesota as a student, but also to represent the Gophers on the cross country course has been a great blessing.  I am extremely thankful for the opportunity that Coach Plaz has given me.  This has led to my desire to get everything I can out of myself, both in running and in school, so that I do not waste what I have been given.

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