Athlete of the Week Archive

Dec. 23, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -



Stephanie Ortiz


If diving was not an option and you had to pick one other sport to compete in, what sport would that be?
"I would have to pick gymnastics. I am not very good at any other sports besides those two, I am not very coordinated with the sports that involve some sort of ball."

What is on your `Bucket List'?
"I would really love to travel the world. Go sky diving, cliff diving, back pack through Europe, basically anything that would get my adrenaline running."

What is your worst personal habit?
"I fear that I am too much of a perfectionist when it comes to my diving. If I don't do the dive for 6 1/2's or better, I find myself very frustrated and not in a very good mood."

If you got to pick the type of music playing in the pool during practice, what would it be?
"I would have to choose any music on my ipod. Incubus, Disturbed, Eve 6, The Maine....there are really too many to name!"

What is your favorite thing about Colorado Springs?
"Pikes Peak. I love the mountains, and the early mornings there. Its just a really beautiful city in general."

If you could add one thing to collegiate diving to make it more entertaining, what would it be?
"This is a hard one. I would have to say co-ed synchronized diving, I think that would be really fun. Pick two dives to compete and the best synchro pair on your team, and go head to head with the other team's synchro team."

What are your three most frequently visited sites on the internet?
"Facebook, YouTube, and any shopping websites. Laramie isn't the town to shop in, so I do mine over the internet."

If you could own a restaurant, what kind would it be?
"I would have to say an Italian buffet restaurant. I love Italian food."

What is hanging on the walls of your bedroom?
"Mostly pictures of cars. Posters of old Mustangs, Cadillac CTS, 350 Z, and Incubus posters. I am a big fan of all of these things."

What is your favorite dive to perform? Least favorite?
"I love to perform all of my dives, I really don't have a favorite one to do. I really don't like doing voluntary dives. These are the ones that are just dives, and not flips, the supposed "easy" ones to do, I am not very good at them, but I am working on it!"

What was the first job you had?
"The first real job I had was teaching pre-schoolers gymnastics. Its really hard to have eight screaming 5 and 6 year olds in a gym and trying to teach them how to have body control."

What do you TiVo? Or what shows do you try your best not to miss?
"I am obsessed with this show called Dexter on Showtime. It is so suspensful, I love to watch House too."

Aside from school work, what is the last book that you've read?
"Since our team had to stay an extra week after school let out, I decided to re-read the Harry Potter series so I could brush up with the 5th movie coming out. I am currently on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."