Interview with Team Canada's Kim Smith, Basketball

Friday, July 27, 2012

Kim Smith, Team Canada Women's Basketball forward, just finished up competing in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turkey. Only weeks ago, she found out she was headed to London 2012. She currently is enjoying life in the Olympic Village and was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.

Mollie (M): Did you know you have your own Wikipedia page?
Kim (K): Yes. My sister found that out and informed me right away.

M: Do you believe in luck?
K: Ya. I think in most sports sometimes you need a little luck for the ball or calls to roll your way.

M: If you are having a bad/tough day of training, are their any quotes/sayings/people that help you get your game face on again?
K: For the past two years that has been London 2012. There are days when I don’t want to go to the gym or find myself not super motivated upon arriving. I would visualize myself playing at the Olympics.

M: Best part of being a pro-athlete? Worst?
K: The best part of being a pro is being able to travel around the world. I have met so many incredible people and experienced different cultures all through sport. There worst part is that you are always living out of a suitcase. My clothes and possessions all over Canada with my family and friends. Sometimes you just crave a permanent space to unpack and spread out.

M: You said in a previous interview you have wanted to be a professional athlete since grade 9 (13 years old?). What happens after the Olympics? Are you thinking of any new goals?
K: I have been so focused on basketball and the Olympics for the past few years that I have not given too much thought to life after them. I am still considering playing pro overseas another year. I have also applied for graduate school in health and physical education, still waiting to hear if I was admitted. When it is all over I will sit down and figure all that out but for now I am just trying to soak up the whole Olympic experience.

M: If you could compete in another Olympic event, what would it be?
K: Track. I love their uniforms and they get to compete outdoors.

M: If/When you win a medal, where are you going to keep it?
K: I don’t think I would take it off!

M: Have you been to London before? Any touristy stuff you hope to do?
K: This is my first time to London. I would love to check out all the sights but I am not sure we will get the opportunity to. We were stuck in traffic on the bus ride from the airport so we are all telling ourselves it was just like a mini tour.

M: Are you hoping to practice your French in the Olympic Village?
K: Yes! I love getting the chance to test it out!

M: What has your training regime been building up to the Olympics? Will it change now that you are here and competing?
K: Building up to the tournament we practiced twice a day and would lift four times a week. We generally have a day off a week and a day or two with only one practice. Now that we are here we are tapering before the games begin. We only practice once a day and they are much lighter. We will also stop lifting after our first game.

M: Any athletes/celebrities you hope to meet while in London?
K: Usain Bolt!

M: What number is your jersey at the Games?
K: # 8

M: I read cooking is you favorite hobby. What is your signature dish?
K: Two years ago I typed up all of my Grandma’s recipes so I love going through the family cook book and testing out one of her 300+ dishes.

M: Do you really get a McDonald’s Gold Card to keep for life because you were an Olympian?
K: I have no idea. This is something I need to look into. There is a McDonald’s in the village cafeteria and the line up is huge everyday no matter what time.

M: Any advice you would like to give to young female athletes out there?
K: Make sure you have fun with whatever you are doing. Obviously there are going to be disappointments and adversity but if you love what you are doing you will be able to stick with it.

Questions from Twitter:
Q: How tall are you? (M: I know it is 6’1” so I want to ask will you wear heels at your wedding) -@SoupErrOver
K: No, I do love wearing heels but my feet can’t be in them all day long. I want to have fun and dance so I need to be comfortable.

Q: Who is your all-time favorite BU athlete? -Ben, Connecticut
K: Jack Parker
M: Good answer! GO BU!

Q: What are your pre-workout meals/snacks? How long before a workout should you eat? -Shikha, Canadian living in Michigan
K: Everyone on my team is different in terms of how long before a workout they prefer to eat. I like to eat my big meal 4.5-5 hours before I play. I usually eat a carb either rice or pasta with tofu or chicken. Around 2 hours before I play to like to eat greek yogurt with a banana.

Big thanks to Kim for taking time out of her Olympic training schedule to chat with us. Watch Team Canada play Russia in their first Olympic Game on July 28th at 11am London time.

The rest of the schedule. Note times are EDT (Eastern Daylight Time). Add 5 hours for London time.

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