Getting to Know Alix Klineman: 20 Plus Questions

Feb. 05, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)

Bill Kauffman
Manager, Media Relations and Publications
Phone: 719-228-6800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 5, 2008) - Alix Klineman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), an outside hitter on the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Training Team, has provided the following responses to questions posed to her as part of a "Getting to Know" feature.

What are the top songs in your iPod?
“Rainbows” by Jack Johnson and G. Love, “Piece of Me” by Britney Spears, “Wreckless Love” by Alicia Keys, “Foundations” by Kate Nash, “Astair” by Matt Costa, “Desert Sunrise” by Brett Dennen, “G.O.D. (Gaining One’s Definition)” by Common, “Pour Down the Sunshine” by Bob Marley, “Put Some Time” by Natural Vibrations, “Shy That Way” by Tristan Prettyman, “Serious Times” by Gyptian

Name three things that most people do not know about you.
I skipped first grade. I want to take Portuguese and live in Brazil for a few years. I love dark chocolate

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Sleep, eat, listen to music, go to the beach (if the beach is nearby), photography

What do you envision doing as a career after competing for the national team?
Something that I can be creative with and involves a lot of travel

Who was your club coach prior to going to college?
Joy McKienzie and JP Calderon

Where would you like to spend a week’s vacation?

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Brazil (Rio)

What is your favorite room in your house and why?
The kitchen, because of the food

What is the one luxury item that you could not do without?
My laptop

Rank the following types of television programs in order you like best: Reality TV, crime dramas, game shows, sit-coms, music television, cable news, sports.
Reality TV, sports, music television

What is your favorite television program?
America’s Next Top Model, Lakers, and Gossip Girl at the moment

What is your favorite movie?
There’s too many good ones to pick…but some of my favorites are Blow, The Godfather, Almost Famous, City of God.

Are you a morning person, afternoon person or night person?
Night person, no doubt.

What is your pre-match ritual?
Eating and listening to music.

On an airplane, would you rather, sleep, read, work on a computer or talk with the person sitting next to you?
Usually sleep and listen to music.

What is the best thing about competing on the USA Women’s National Team?
Working with great coaches and being surrounded by amazing players.

What is your favorite volleyball drill?
Anything competitive

What sport would you be competing in if not for volleyball?
Realistically, basketball. Ideally, tennis.

Who is your favorite athlete?
Kobe Bryant

What is your favorite food?
Dark Chocolate, peanuts/peanut butter, seafood

What is your favorite restaurant to eat at?
El Sombrero, Zao, Arigato, Riviera Grill

What is your hometown best known for?

How many different languages can you converse in?
One. I know a little bit of French, but I’m not sure I could actually communicate with someone.

What was your favorite class in school?
English, Government and Appreciating the Arts

What is your fondest child-hood memory?
Traveling every summer with my family.

If you could see any musical act or performer (dead or alive) in concert, who would it be?
Jack Johnson and Bob Marley

If you won the lottery, what is the first thing that you would buy or pay for?
Trip to Brazil

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you take with you?
My ipod, my camera, and my cell phone.

If you could live in another time period for a week, which one would you choose?
The 70s.

If you could be on the cover of one magazine, which one would you choose?
Sports Illustrated.

What is the most “embarrassing” song on your iPod?
Anything by Spice Girls or Britney Spears

What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Competitive, persistent, and easy going

What is your favorite holiday?

What is your favorite season – winter, spring, summer or fall?

What reality show (American Idol, the Apprentice, the Real World, Survivor, Big Brother, etc.) would you be best on?
Not American Idol!

What communication tool do you use most often – text messaging, talking on the cell phone or e-mail?
Probably text messaging, but I use them all a lot.