Athlete of the Week: Duncan Burke, Chaminade Julienne

Name: Duncan Burke

School: Chaminade Julienne

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Sports: Cross-country, track, swimming

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Claim to fame/honors: Clayton resident is four-year varsity letter winner in cross-country and track; won coaches award last year in cross-country; placed eighth at Fairmont Firebird Invitational; swims 200 IM and 100 free and 50 breast

Bet you didn’t know … I play the ukulele

Words I live by: I have a bracelet that says “argue your limitations.”

Toughest opponent: Tipp City, Brookville and Carroll are some of the tough opponents we have

Biggest influence: Muhammad Ali was definitely a great role model; I have a poster of him that says: “Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: a desire, a dream, a vision.”

Meet-day rituals: As a team we always sing Wade in the Water

When I’m bored I like to … play my ukulele, play video games or go run

Favorite movie: Goldfinger

Person who would play me in a movie: Matt Damon

Favorite TV show: The Office

Favorite musical artist: Jack Johnson

I can’t live without: Chocolate milk

I can live without: Regular milk

Favorite book: Life of Pi

Favorite home-cooked meal: Tortellini

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite smell: Pine tree

Favorite cereal: Cheerios

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Target

Vegetable you won’t eat: Brussels sprouts

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Bill Gates

Whose mind would you like to read? Albert Einstein

Place where you’d love to travel? South America — Brazil or Argentina

Talent you’d like to have? I wish I could play the piano

Favorite school subject: Definitely science, anatomy to be more specific

Favorite athlete: Galen Rupp, who won the bronze medal in the marathon at the Olympics

Favorite team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Olympic sport: Marathon

Something in the world I’d like to change: Violence in the world

Favorite sports moment: Sophomore year at league meet I won second-team GCL.

Favorite junk food: Funyuns

Best thing about cross-country: Definitely the team; the guys are really friendly and outgoing; it’s just a joy to be a member of that team

In 10 years, I hope to … have done something great, in a successful career and having done well for myself

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