Feb. 16, 2010
BERKELEY - With his red hair and unique name, California men's gymnast Raion Sabo stands out on the team for a variety of reasons. He is the only Golden Bear from Northern California but not the Bay Area, has had a bevy of injuries - six broken bones and three surgeries - and has the hardest name on the team to pronounce. Last year as a true freshman, Sabo competed in three regular season meets for the Bears on the horizontal bars and set his season high of 13.800 during his first meet at the Gold Country Classic. Thus far in 2010, he has already bested that high with a 14.050 at the Stanford Open on Jan. 30. CalBears.com recently caught up with Sabo to find out more about the 5-9 South Lake Tahoe, Calif., native.
CalBears.com: You're from South Lake Tahoe, Calif. - what is it like to go to school in a more urban setting?
CalBears.com: You have the most unique name on the team. What is the country of origin for Sabo?
CalBears.com: How many different ways do people mispronounce your first name Raion?
CalBears.com: If you know, what made your parents choose Raion for you?
CalBears.com: What characteristic in people do you most admire?
RS: My top three would be hard work, persistency and intelligence.
CalBears.com: Since you started in gymnastics, you've broken six bones and undergone three surgeries - what keeps you coming back to gymnastics?
CalBears.com: What is the most unique/interesting injury or cause of injury that you've had?
CalBears.com: In high school, you had to commute three hours a day to get to practice - what is it like to have your commute time lessened at Cal?
CalBears.com: Fill in the blank: I never...
CalBears.com: Fill in the blank: I always...
CalBears.com: Leading up to a meet, what are you thinking about?
CalBears.com: Michael Salipante, the last person to do a Q&A, wanted the next men's gymnast to answer - which teammate do you think would make the best president?
CalBears.com: What question do you want the next men's gymnast to do a Q&A to answer?
To view all previous Q&A with the Golden Bears, you can check out the archive here.