May 15, 2009
Nadia Alexander owns the Louisiana Tech indoor and outdoor shot put records. For this week's installment of "Five Minutes with a Student-Athlete," we interviewed the Jamaican and learned about her nickname, her experience with Usain Bolt and her favorite food.
LATechSports: Where are you from?
Alexander: Kingston, Jamaica
LATechSports: Do you have a nickname?
Alexander: Yes, Baby G. When I was younger, I was really big for my age so people referred to me as a baby giant. As I got older, I changed it to Baby G.
LATechSports: What are you majoring in?
Alexander: I have already earned my bachelor's from Tech, and now I am working on my master's in nutrition.
LATechSports: What do you enjoy the most about Tech?
Alexander: I like how the classes are normally small. By being small, the students receive more attention from the teachers.
LATechSports: What are your plans after college?
Alexander: After I earn my master's degree, I plan on returning to Jamaica to coach the throwers at my high school. I would also like to continue throwing, but I will just take one day at a time.
LATechSports: What is your greatest achievement?
Alexander: Winning the shot put event at the Penn Relays this year would have to be my greatest achievement. I was the first Jamaican to ever win the college shot put at the event, and I was also the first person from Tech to win it.
LATechSports: Who inspires you?
Alexander: My mom and my high school coach inspire me. My mom has always taught me to work hard no matter what obstacles are in my way. My high school coach always believed in me and knew I would make it this far.
LATechSports: What was your first job?
Alexander: My first job was working at a sports camp in Jamaica.
LATechSports: What are your hobbies?
Alexander: Watching TV, listening to music, hanging out with my friends and just having a good time.
LATechSports: If you could spend a day with one person, who would it be?
Alexander: Valerie Vili, a shot putter from New Zealand, who won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. I would love to find out how she throws the ball so far.
LATechSports: When did you start throwing?
Alexander: I started throwing when I was in 10th grade.
LATechSports: What is your all-time favorite sports moment?
Alexander: My all-time favorite sports moment was when Usain Bolt won the 100m, 200m and the 4x100 relay during last year's Olympics.
LATechSports: What song or artist do you listen to before a game?
Alexander: I listen to a song by Bob Marley, called "Redemption." I also listen to another musician from Jamaica named Vybz Kartel.
LATechSports: Who do you contribute your success to in track and field?
Alexander: My mom, my high school coach and Coach Carmichael here at Tech.
LATechSports: Would you ever do something extreme or adventurous?
Alexander: Yes, I would. One time, I jumped off of a cliff into the ocean in Negril, Jamaica.
LATechSports: Have you ever met a celebrity?
Alexander: Yes, I have met Usain Bolt.
LATechSports: If you could live anywhere, where would you live?
Alexander: I would love to live in my hometown.
LATechSports: What is your favorite movie?
Alexander: Love and Basketball
LATechSports: What is your favorite food?
Alexander: Jerk pork, it's a Jamaican recipe.
LATechSports: If you could ask the president one question, what would you ask?
Alexander: How does it feel to accomplish a feat that at one point seemed impossible?
LATechSports: If you had the opportunity to live your life to the fullest for only one day, what would you do?
Alexander: I would travel the world.