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Getting to Know: Katie Holloway

Sitting volleyball player Katie Holloway is a two-time Paralympic silver medalist (2008, 2012) who also starred as a basketball player at Division 1 Cal State Northridge from 2004 – 2008. We caught up with Katie at our 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports last month where she talked to us about her off-the-court life. In a new addition to our series about the off-the-field lives of your favorite female athletes, Katie shares with us some things she wants you to know!

1. If you could be an Olympian/Paralympian/World Champion/Professional athlete in any other sport than your own, what sport would that be? 


2. Who is your hero? In ten words or less, tell us why. 

    My sister. She inspires me everyday to be happy. 

3. You’ve just finished your biggest competition of the year. With what food or dessert do you reward yourself for all your hard work and training? 
    Strawberry Shortcake

4. Everyone has that one song on their iPod that they would be embarrassed to share. What is yours? 

    Miley Cyrus, Party in the USA.

5. What advice would you give to your 14-year-old self? 
    You are strong. You are beautiful.

6. There is a fire blazing inside your house. What one item do you grab to take with you? 

    My medals and my first prosthetic    

7. What quote do you live by? 

    "Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy today. I can choose which it shall be. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it." – Groucho Marx

8. What is the hardest workout you've ever completed? 

    In college any workout my sophomore year with my strength coach. Especially conditioning out in the field in 105 degree heat after a brutal defensive practice.

9. Scariest moment in your career? Most thrilling/rewarding/proudest moment in your career? 

    Scariest was when we were about to lose the 3rd set to China in the Gold Medal match in London. Proudest was finishing my career as a basketball player at Northridge.

10. You’re allowed to spend one day as your favorite television character of all-time. Who are you? 

    Any one of the Friends characters.

11. When did you realize you had extra-special athletic abilities? 

     When I made it through four years of basketball and graduated with my degree.

12 .What is the best thing about being an accomplished, elite athlete? The worst? 

    The best thing about being an athlete is the amount of impact I can have on others to help them pursue their dreams. The amount of network I have gained to help others. The worst is the many life events I have missed with my family and friends.

13. Top three things on your bucket list? 

    Play volleyball/ visit Australia. 
    Swim with dolphins. 
    Meet Kings of Leon.

14. Favorite thing about your sport. Favorite thing about being a female athlete? 

    I love how much fun volleyball can be and the community surrounding it. 
    Being a female athlete presents an amazing amount of opportunities.

15. If you could solve a social issue, what issue/need/concern would it be? 

    Lack of education of adaptive sports
16. In 10 words or less, why are sports (physical activity) so important for girls to participate in? 

    Sports are the gateway to a happy and confident life.

17. Complete this sentence: “The Women’s Sports Foundation is important because:” 

    because… it is an organization that reminds people how incredibly impactful women are and can be.
18. If you could travel back in time, what one event in sports history would you want to witness? How about general history? 
    The real-life women's baseball league (from the movie A League of Their Own).

19. Were you ever the victim of bullying or peer pressure? How did you handle the difficult situation

    Absolutely. Made sure I did what I could to keep my mind on my goals. Take it one day at a time and know I could only control how hard I worked to reach those goals. No one could take my work ethic from me with their words.

20. What’s your next goal in sports, in life? 

       My next goal in sports to remain active and healthy. In life, I want to obtain a fulfilling career helping people with disabilities maintain an active lifestyle through recreation and sports.

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