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Alyssa Anderson

May 31, 2008 05:00PM ● By Super Admin

Looking at the slender, five-foot and some change girl with brown hair and big blue eyes, you’d never guess she eats close to 5,000 calories a day. Of course, you’d never guess that she’s a national swimming champion, on her way to the June Olympic Swimming Trials either, but rest assured, Alyssa Anderson has her sights set on a big prize. A senior member of the Sierra Marlins Swim Team, based in Folsom, she spends 24-hours a week in the pool, and swims on average, 9,000 yards a day (that’s 360 laps for you non-swimming types). That, along with the excitement and nervous energy that comes along with taking her shot at the Olympics, burns off those calories as quick as she puts them down. So heck, what’s wrong with an extra cheeseburger here and there anyway?
— Bill Romanelli

More on Alyssa...

Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
A: If you want to excel, make sure it’s at something you love

Q: What comes to you naturally?
A: One guess...(it’s not singing).

Q: What's your biggest pet peeve?
A: Probably excessive pen clickers.

Q: Are you high or low maintenance?
A: Pretty low maintenance. (Editor’s note: her parents actually agree.)

Q: Biggest life inspiration(s)?
A: The thrill of competition.

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: My teammates.

Q: Favorite humanitarian cause?
A: Breast cancer awareness.

Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received?
A: “I gave you the tools; it’s up to you to succeed.”

Alyssa's Favorites

Author/Writer: Alice Sebold
Guilty pleasure: Pop Tarts before morning workouts
Meal in town: Jack’s Urban Eats or Mikuni
TV Show: "American Idol"
Thing to do when not swimming: Shopping!
Movie: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Musician/Band: John Mayer or Jack Johnson
Place to buy a gift locally: The Galleria!!!
Saying: “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” –Jim Rohn

See the full article in the June 2008 issue of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills Edition.