Chris Wong, Men's Track & Field, Class of 2011
Favorite athletic moment at Caltech?
Giving it my best while running the first leg of the 4 x 400m relay at the SCIAC Championships last year, and then watching my teammates do the same.
People will be surprised to know . . .
I really enjoy singing. In high school I sang in both A Cappella groups and choruses. Now that I'm at Caltech, it's hard to find time to practice singing between school work and track practice, but there's always the shower...
Describe your sport in 3 words?
Citius, Altius, Fortius
What goes through your head at the starting line?
I envision my race as the best it possibly could be.
I don't really have a favorite food, but I eat lots of things, except ice cream.
What teammate has inspired you the most?
Alex Lapides. He is a hard worker, a great teammate, and the fiercest competitor I know.
What type of music do you listen to?
All sorts, including classical music, classic rock, movie soundtracks, and Broadway musicals.
If you could go to any sporting event what would it be?
The Olympic Games, of course! After I graduate, I want to go to the London Games in 2012.
Best part about living in California?
The diversity, both ethnic and social.
If you could bring anything from your hometown what would it
The huge variety of different restaurants and eateries.
If you had no schoolwork what would you do all day?
I would run more, I would read a lot more books, I would practice singing and playing the piano, and I would play lots of computer games. But I would still work on math for fun.
In 10 years, I'll be . . . .
Most likely, I'll have my PhD, and I might be working as a postdoc.
Nike or Adidas?
I like Nike shoes, but I also like Adidas stuff.
What are your pre meet rituals?
I try to eat a lot of carbs the previous day, and I only eat a bagel or something on race day. I try to get lots of sleep.
What is your major?
Applied and Computational Mathematics
Favorite SCIAC school to compete against?
Occidental. They narrowly defeated us in the 4 x 400m relay last year.
Last book you have read?
Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.