Quick strokes with Anna Thomson
April 16, 2009
What is your favorite thing about living in Austin? I love the city, and how everybody loves The University. I'll go to the store, and wear something with "Texas" on it, and people always say something. The weather is nice, too.
What has been the biggest transition about moving to the United States from New Zealand? It's hard, because everyone grew up differently. The school systems are different. And I also say things differently, of course. Or we just have different terms for stuff. So, sometimes it can be confusing.
Do you follow other UT sports? I love football now.
Why are you studying film? From when I was really little, I've always loved art, and I went through this phase where I wanted to be an actress. I thought I would be famous. I was 10, and then I hit 12 and realized all the bad press actresses get. They always get put down. So I thought that maybe I should be behind the scenes. I can still be friends with the actresses, but nothing will be written bad about me.
Do you have particular music you listen to before a race? Sort of. I was at nationals last year, about to do my single race, and I had never raced a single before, and I listened to Superstar by Lupe Fiasco. I got really pumped up, and then advanced to the finals. It was a huge shock.
Why did you choose to come to Texas? Because I'm from so far away, I knew I wanted to visit all my schools. As soon as I got off the plane and came here, it felt like home. It was right. I just knew.
What have you learned from coach Carie Graves? With her, she's done so much. So when you're training and you're in pain, you know that she's been there. You respect her, and know that she's not telling you to do something crazy. She's done it, so she knows you're in pain. And she knows the right things to say.