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Q&A with Tabitha Peterson

Tabitha Peterson

Q&A with Tabitha Peterson

U.S. curler Tabitha Peterson on her first curling memory, hidden talent and her favorite training songs

Do you have another full-time job or business? How do you balance work and training?

I am a Pharmacist working at CVS/Pharmacy. I graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy in 2015 and have been balancing school or work with curling my whole curling career.

What is your favorite workout or fitness trend?

Yoga infused with HIIT.

What is your earliest memory of doing or seeing curling?

When I was 10 years old the family went down to the curling club to try the sport. Joined the Junior program, mostly for the snack time at the end :) , but eventually formed a junior team and the rest is history.

What's your  earliest or favorite memory of watching the Olympics?

When I was younger I was a gymnast, so I always pictured myself as an Olympic gymnast one day!

What's something cool, weird intense about your sport that people don't normally see? What’s the hardest part of your sport?

The sport itself is super unique because of the athleticism, strategy, tactical, and technical aspects of the sport. One could make all their shots and still lose a game.

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Are there any misconceptions about your sport that you would like to clear up?

That it is easy. Until people actually get on the ice and try it, they think it looks easy.

Have you ever worked with a sports psychologist? If so, how did it help you?

I love sports psych. It is unbelievable how much psychology is linked to performance. I think just being aware of yourself and your thoughts and staying in the moment is the most important thing. Easier said than done, especially in a 2.5 to 3 hours curling game.

Who is your Olympic role model?

I grew up playing soccer, so I've always looked up to Mia Hamm.

Have you become close friends with any competitors from other countries?

Socializing is a large part of curling. After most games, you have a beverage with the opposing team. This doesn't happen in most sports.


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Do you have any hidden talents?

I can recite all the presidents in the order they served our country.

What are some of your hobbies?

I love yoga, going on hiking trips with friends, rollerblading, going on walks, tennis, darts, boating in the summer, cabin weekends with friends, and kayaking.

What are five of your favorite go-to songs that motivate you while training?

“Sucker for Pain” from the movie Suicide Squad, “Rude Boy” by Rihanna, “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys, “Santeria” by Sublime, “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

Do you like kimchi or any other Korean foods?

Love kimchi and Korean BBQ.

Have you ever done karaoke? What’s your go-to karaoke song?

“Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” [by Big & Rich] is my go-to karaoke song.

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