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Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Linus Gordon

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Alex Vejar, Staff Writer
11:31 am PDT May 13, 2014

Linus Gordon is a senior on the Malibu High School track and field team

How did you start competing in track and field?

I always knew I wanted to pole vault when I watched the Olympics. Right when I joined track freshman year, first thing I did was pole vault and I did that for three years. Then I discovered all the other events. 

What’s your favorite event to do in track and field?

High jump. Dyer (Pettijohn), the other jumper with me at Malibu, he said, “Hey let’s try high jump” one practice sophomore year, and I pretty much got hooked to it after that.

What do you most enjoy about doing track and field events?

The thing I like most about it is it is a team sport, but it’s also very individual. At our school, you can really mess around with it and try a bunch of new things. 

What do you hope to get out of doing track and field in high school?

I really just joined because I thought it would be a lot of fun. I didn’t know where it would take me or anything like that. 

Where do you hope to go to college and what do you want to study?

I’m going to Tufts (University) right outside of Boston, in Medford, (Mass.) and I have absolutely no clue what I want to study right now. Probably something in the math or science area.

How do you enjoy your free time?

I play the tuba at school, which is another fun thing to do. I hang out with friends. 

If you could do anything in the world, what would it be?

I would find some job that would allow me to travel a lot and meet a lot of cool people and see a lot of interesting places. 

What’s your dream job and why?

I’m not really sure what I’m going to study just because I really have no clue what I want to do. But I’m hopefully going to figure that out in college and see what happens. 

Who inspires you the most in life?

Probably my dad. He is a really good role model. He’s really smart and funny and a very determined person, and that’s something that I’ve tried to incorporate within myself — really just with anything that I do. 

If you could fluently speak any language, which would it be and why?

Probably Japanese. I just think that the whole culture is really interesting over there and I’d love to travel over there. 

Which subject in school do you enjoy the most?

Probably science right now. Right now I’m in physics and there’s a lot of different ways that science stuff is incorporated into your life. I think it’s really interesting to learn about it because you don’t often think about what is actually happening around you and how stuff works. 

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

There is a soccer player I really like. He used to be on the LA Galaxy — Alan Gordon. He’s a really scrappy player, he would always get injured. He really wasn’t the most traditional player, but everything about him I think is really interesting.