Jan. 9, 2007
After helping the Hoosiers to one of its best seasons in recent history, junior Anna Olson sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to answer 10 questions about herself, IU softball and the upcoming 2007 campaign.
Olson closed the 2006 season with 14 hits, 10 RBIs and a pair of homeruns.
What are you most looking forward to in this upcoming season?
"I have already made reservations for my family in Oklahoma! That's what I'm most looking forward to because if we work hard enough, we will get there."
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
"My parents have always believed in me and encouraged me to me to live my dreams. From them I've learned that one can achieve anything they are willing to work for. They are my source of support and strength."
Why did you choose your number?
"I believe it's the girl behind the number, which makes the number; not the number behind the girl."
Which professional team do you follow the most?
"The Chicago White Sox. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, so it's all about them."
Teammate or coach you admire the most:
"I really admire all my coaches. Not only do I look up to Coach Phillips, but also each assistant coach. Coach Philly has made it happen, just look where they have taken the Indiana program."
If I could switch places with anybody for a day it would be?
"While I am thankful for who I am, I would like to switch places with the First Lady, Laura Bush just to experience life supporting our President. For excitement I would like to switch places with a fighter pilot. Just think `Top-Gun. But also, I would love to switch places with a soldier in Iraq. To see what they go through each day would be an honor."
"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is." This quote means one has to be strong to survive the times life backs you into a corner."
Most memorable IU softball moment:
"My freshman year hitting a homerun against Oklahoma."
What IU sport, other than softball, would you want to play?
"I think it would be neat if IU had a women's Ice Hockey team. I have been known to be a pretty mean defenseman."
Best part about being a student-athlete?
"The team is like a family and the camaraderie with the girls, there is nothing like it. In one word the Indiana Softball Program is memorable."