Athlete of the Week Archive

Sept. 10, 2009


Olivia Mohtadi

When did you start playing soccer?
"I started playing soccer when I was 5."

Who is your favorite soccer player?
"Zinedine Zidane."

Do you have any pre-game rituals?
"My pre-game ritual is being as goofy and silly as possible, I like to dance around on the field before we start warm up to get all my silly's out so I can be as focused as possible when we start our serious warm-up."

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen happen on the pitch?
"The funniest thing I have ever seen on the soccer field is a dog running on the field and taking the ball and running around with it."

If you could play soccer anywhere in the world where would you play?
"I would love to play soccer in Europe, on one of the Premiership league fields."

How did you end up at Wyoming?
"I was scouted to come play here. When I came to visit I really enjoyed it here and it seemed like a good fit."

What is the biggest difference between playing soccer in Canada and America?
"The biggest difference is the physical play, its a lot less rough in Canada."

If you could play any other sport at the University of Wyoming what would you play and why?
"I would play basketball or do track and field. I have done these sports throughout junior high and high school and they have always been a nice break from soccer. I like the fast pace of basketball and the thrill of winning a race in track."

You played on the Calgary Foothills Colts Club with teammates Carmen Blume & Courtney Merkle and won nationals. What is it like to be still be playing with them?
"It's been really awesome! It's made the transition to a new team a lot easier because of the chemistry and experience we have together already on the field."

Finish the thought. I knew I could seriously play soccer when...
"I scored the winning goal in our Provincial Championship game to send us through to the next round, and then on to nationals."

Is everyone in Canada hockey crazy?
"Not everyone is hockey "crazy", but every Canadian loves to sit down and watch a good ol' hockey game. Although, there are a few crazy hockey fanatics around!"

Do all policemen in Canada ride horses?
"Nope, most of them ride in cars, even motorcycles.. but in some smaller towns you will see the odd policeman on a horse."