Athlete of the Week: Alec Avdakov, Northmont

Name: Alec Avdakov

School: Northmont

Grade: Incoming senior

Age: 17

Sports: Golf

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Claim to fame/honors: Four-year varsity golfer; shot career-best nine-hole score of 38 on par 36 in recent tournament at Hueston Woods; acted in several school musicals, most recently as Triton in The Little Mermaid

Bet you didn’t know- I have an amazing singing ability and I’m a history fanatic

Words you live by: Even in your darkest hour, never despair

Toughest opponent: Troy golf team

Biggest influence: Conrad von Hötezndorf, an Austro-Hungarian general of World War I who faced a considerable amount of adversity and took the words “If you don’t succeed try, try again” to heart.

Match-day rituals: I draw a different country’s flag on each of my golf balls

What’s on your bedroom walls: Baseball cards and signed golf balls

When I’m bored I like to: Read and watch history videos

Favorite movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Person who would play you in a movie: Young Mark Wahlberg (Marky Mark )

Favorite TV show: SpongeBob SquarePants

Favorite musical artist: Freddie Mercury

I can’t live without: YouTube

I can live without: Bad singers

Event you’d like to attend: The Super Bowl

Favorite book: All Quiet on the Western Front

Favorite home-cooked meal: Pancakes

Favorite restaurant: J. Alexander’s

Favorite smell: Chocolate

Favorite cereal: Life

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Grandpa’s Cheese Barn

Vegetable you won’t eat: Kale

I’d love to trade places for a day with: Xi Jiping

Whose mind would you like to read? My girlfriend’s

Place where you’d love to travel? Germany

Talent you’d like to have? To ride a unicycle

Favorite school subject: History

Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt

Favorite team: Pittsburgh Stealers

Favorite Olympic sport: 100-meter sprint

Something in the world I’d like to change: Kurdistan independence

Favorite sports moment: 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey win

Favorite junk food: Five Guys fries

Best thing about golf: When you hit a pure shot and just watch it fly

In 10 years, I hope to be- I want to have a happy fulfilling job and be in a happy marriage.

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