May 27, 2004
In the week leading up to the IRA National Championships, members of the Cal Crew are highlighted. Each oarsman discusses some of their favorite things, and what they do in preparation for a race. Today, junior Troy Kapper is profiled.
Nickname: Troy Boy Position: Oarsman Favorite... Movie: Forest Gump TV show: The Simpsons Athlete: Lance Armstrong Sport to play (other than crew): Football Sport to watch (on TV or in person): Football Food: Chateaubriand at Antoine's Restaurant (New Orleans) Band/Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Q: How did you get involved in crew? A: When I was young, my father and I spent our time bonding together through aquatic activities. I have always loved being near or in the water. The public high school that I attended offered rowing as a sport and I gave it a try.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Cal? A: I wanted to row and be coached by the best. Cal also has similar weather to Florida and we can row year round.
Q: At the beginning of the season, what is the one thing you most look forward to? What is the thing you dread the most? A: I look forward to racing season and I dread the erg test.
Q: What is your pre-race routine/superstition? A: I wear my watch that was once my fathers and Gold & Blue Subaru socks. I usually Pray and eat a banana.
Q: What are the last 3 CD's you bought? A: White Blood Cells by The White Stripes, Best of the Doobies by The Doobie Brothers.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, who would you bring with you, and what 3 things would you want to take? A: My father (the best skipper), Dehumidifier for water, a map of the near body of water, and a large sailboat that can be manned by two people.
Q: What is your greatest achievement in crew? A: Either my silver medal in the Coxed pair at Junior Worlds in Zagreb, Croatia (U.S.A. 2000) or Junior Varsity National Champion at IRAs (CAL 2003).
Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: Eating, Sleeping, talking with friends.
Q: If you could trade places with anyone (celebrity or not) who would it be? Why? A: The Pope, so I could administer my own reformation.
Q: Who/what inspires you? A: My teammates
Q: What is the one song/type of music that you think should be banned from the erg room? A: Anything that is not Classic Rock