Student-Athlete of the Week

Sept. 7, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Ryan Griesbach

What made you want to stay in Laramie and run XC for UW?
I love the region, the campus, and the people. It also helped that this is where my wife was going to school.

What do you want to do with your Molecular Biology degree after college?
I am applying to medical school this semester and will hopefully use my degree as the foundation for my study of medicine.

What made you want to get into XC and what do you enjoy the most about the sport?
What made me love running is that it is such a great sport for stress relief and it really builds up important life skills like determination, patience and diligence. My favorite part is the challenge, both against myself and my competitors.

Going into your fourth year, what has been your favorite meet you have competed in? Why?
I love the Boulder Shootout. The course is great and the environment there is perfect for a cross country race.

Being a student-athlete you don't have a lot of free time, but when you do what do you like to do?
Watch movies with my wife.

What is your dream car?
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Do you have a rival from any other school that you enjoy running against?
I enjoy beating any CSU runner.

What has been your favorite class at UW? Why?
Geography of Wine. It was such a cool way to explore how history and climate have shaped the wine industry.

What is the hardest part about training?
The hardest part is when you feel tired during a workout, and have to push through it to get stronger and faster.

Always a Cowboy is this weekend, will you be running?
Yep! We won't race it, but we will do a nice workout. It is a great chance for any locals to come run with the Cowboys and Cowgirls!

What are your feelings on your last season on the XC team?
It is a little saddening to know this is the last time I will get to run at this level, but it pushes me to give my all at every race.

What is something about you people might not know?
I have terrible hand circulation and run with gloves almost year round.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I really like Springfield, Missouri. It has 4 seasons, is never too hot or too cold, and the Ozarks are beautiful.

If you didn't have to worry about what you ate, what would be your favorite meal?
A porter house steak with a baked potato and tons of dinner rolls.

If you had the choice between running a race in the Olympics or a million dollars which would you choose?
Olympics no doubt. Money can't buy you happiness, and racing in the Olympics would be one of the greatest running achievements possible.