Student-Athlete Spotlight: Holly Norton, Women's Rowing

May 26, 2015

Alanna Goldie, Fencing Student-Athlete Spotlight

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Holly Norton, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, is a member of Ohio State's undefeated first varsity eight, seeded second entering this weekend's NCAA championships. A three-time Big Ten champion and 2014 NCAA champion with the 1V8, Norton will look to lead the women's rowing team to a third-consecutive national title. In the classroom, Norton is an Academic All-Big Ten selection and OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in Psychology.

Student Life
Do you prefer Oval Beach in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? Spring! I love seeing everyone hanging out on the oval and getting ready for the summer.
Where is the best place to sit for lectures? In the center of one of the middle rows.
Most underrated place to study on campus? Psychology Building
Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University: I had no idea where anything was or how college life in America would be, so I tried to plan everything out from before practice in the morning until after practice in the afternoon. Going to class was nerve racking and everyone stared at me when I spoke because of my accent. Thankfully, my teammates and classmates were really friendly and helpful.
Favorite professor: Dr. Anthony Rucci

Popular Culture
Favorite Social Media Account I follow: @doyoutravel on Instagram
Favorite TV show: House of Cards
Favorite movie: Any of the Nicholas Sparks movies
Favorite book and/or magazine: We Might As Well Win
Favorite celebrity: Jennifer Lawrence
Favorite singer or musical group: Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon
The Last concert I attended was: Miley Cyrus

Sports
Favorite pro sports team: All Blacks (New Zealand Rugby Team)
Favorite athletic memory: Winning the first varsity eight and the team title at NCAA's last season.
Event you most look forward to competing in: Competing at NCAA's.
Pre-game ritual: Joking around with my crew mates in the locker room and keeping the atmosphere light.

Travel
Most interesting place I've visited: Amposta, Spain
Place I would like to visit: Australia or New Zealand

Food
Favorite home cooked meal: My mom's lasagne
Favorite snack food: Cereal, every type there is!

Misc.
Person I most admire: My mum and dad
In 10 years, I would like to: be living somewhere in Europe and have had a successful international rowing career.
If I had a million dollars, I would: invest some of it and treat my parents to an all-expenses paid vacation.
Coolest thing you did this past summer: Traveled around Spain, France and Monaco with four of my closest friends.
Most prized possession: Jimmy, my cat.
I would like to trade places for a day with: Kate Middleton
Best piece of advice you've received: Travel as much as possible!
If you could have dinner with any 3 people (alive or dead), who would they be and what/where would you eat? Nelson Mandela, Sir Steve Redgrave and Oprah. We would have a Braai (South African cookout).
Who tweets too much on your team: Ashley Bauer
Do you have an interesting nickname? Not really, my teammates call me Holly Jean or hollynortonusa
What is your hometown known for? Johannesburg is known for being the biggest man-made forest in the world.
Pop or Soda? Neither, I would name the specific drink I wanted
Cats or Dogs? CATS!