Student-Athlete Spotlight: Alanna Goldie, Fencing

March 16, 2015
Alanna Goldie, Fencing Student-Athlete Spotlight

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Sophomore Alanna Goldie is gearing up for her second run at the NCAA Fencing Championship title, beginning on March 19. The Calgary, Alberta, native finished with a bronze medal in women's foil at the event last year.

Student Life

    Do you prefer Oval Beach in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? - Spring
    Where is the best place to sit for lectures? - Near the front but not the front row.
    Most underrated place to study on campus - Near Mirror Lake
    Why did you choose to major in ...? - Criminology because my goal is to be head of the K9 unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? - Crazy. I forgot my BuckID and got lost about 3 times but it all worked out in the end and I learned to keep my BuckID with my phone.
Popular Culture
    Favorite TV show - Game of Thrones
    Favorite movie - Silver Linings Playbook
    Favorite book and/or magazine - Romeo and Juliet
    Favorite celebrity - Channing Tatum
    Favorite singer or musical group - The Band Perry
    Last concert I attended was - Luke Bryan
    Favorite pro sports team - Pittsburgh Penguins
    Favorite athlete - Usain Bolt
    The athlete I would most like to compete against - Valintina Vezzeli
    Favorite athletic memory - Winning my first World cup
    Team you're most looking forward to competing against - Penn State because they won last NCAA Championships
    Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual - I always wear the same shirt and shorts (washed of course)
    What is your top skill? What skill do you need to improve? - Best skill is counter attack and I need to improve my parries.

    Most interesting place I've visited - Jordan
    Place I would like to visit - Scotland
    Favorite home cooked meal - Mac and cheese with Bacon
    Favorite snack food - Peanut butter and bacon
    Guilty pleasure snack and/or food - Fries


    Person I most admire - My father Brad Goldie. He worked hard his whole life to give my family good opportunities and not once did he complain or doubt my ability even when I did.
    The greatest risk I've ever taken was - Moving away from my home to Ottawa when I was 19 to train for fencing.
    In 10 years, I would like to be - Working in the K9 unit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    If I had a million dollars, I would - Get a puppy and pay of my siblings to come to Columbus for a visit. Then I would probably save the rest until I knew how to properly spend money on things other than shoes.
    Coolest thing you did this past summer - Summers are usually my downtime from school and fencing so the coolest thing I probably did was win an ice cream eating contest. Most prized possession - My guitar.
    I would like to trade places for a day with - My coach to see how annoying I actually am.
    If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be and what/where would you eat - Elvis, Taylor Swift and Obama. We would probably eat gluten free pizza because it is my favorite.
    Any superstitions, non-game/match related - I never like to say how I did on a test.
    Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend - New York Fashion Week.
    If your parents/guardians bragged about you, what would they say? - They would probably list various fencing results and then something about how I actually do my dishes unlike my siblings.
    Who tweets too much on your team - Alexa Antipas but I love it.
    Do you have an interesting nickname? - For most of my life I was called Baby Goldie because one coach couldn't remember my name and he knew my sister so I became Baby Goldie.
    What is your hometown known for? - The Calgary Stampede
    Pop or Soda? - Pop
    Cats or Dogs? - Dogs 100%
    Early Bird or Night Owl? - I was always a night owl but 7 a.m. trainings have made it necessary to be an early bird for survival.
    Would you be the O, H, I or the O? - O