Ivygate wants you to meet Doug Lennox. He’s Princeton ’09 and competing on the Puerto Rican Olympic swim team. He’s also part of a new feature called “Your Olympic Hero,” in which I interview our brave men and women over in Beijing. According to Iviesinchina.com, a website that offers more information than you really need about the history of Ivy League Olympic achievement, 42 students or graduates of the Ancient Eight are competing in the Summer Games. This is slightly worse than four years ago when there were 54 of us running around Athens. But 42 Olympic athletes is nothing to scoff at: it’s more than most countries have in the Games. In fact, if the Ivy League were a country (god forbid), it would have the eighth most medals of any country in the world. But enough about Ivy superiority. Onto Doug Lennox and his accomplishments!
Name: Doug Lennox
Ivy Affiliation: Princeton ’09
Major: Anthropology, with certificates in Latin American Studies and American Studies
Sport: Swimming (Men’s 100 and 200m butterfly)
1. Are you going to win?
Maybe my preliminary heat…or if Mikey (Phelps) busts a knee.
2. Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the North side of Chicago, most of my years in Lake Forest and a couple in Evanston.
3. Is this your first Olympics?
I competed in several Illinois Junior Olympic Games….do those count?
4. What’s on your ipod when you’re working out?
Depends on what mood I am in. When I wear an Ipod working out it means I am spinning or running, and I use that time to do a lot of thinking…If you talk to anyone who knows me, I am pretty in touch with my emotions — not to be confused with “being emo” — but if it’s a really intense/focused work out (often times to get away from thinking about things that suck in the real world) it will include a lot of Metallica, Linkin Park, Godsmack, Lamb of God, Disturbed, etc. Also on this playlist are inspirational songs from movies, like the Rocky series, Space Jam, etc. I am pretty eclectic with my music.
All the fun questions after the jump.
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