5 Questions with Alejandro Flores

April 2, 2014

Senior Alejandro Flores gives insight on his new found passion for sumo wrestling and explains what motivates him to follow his goals.

Q1: How did you get into sumo wrestling?

A1: I got into it because I had a friend last year that wore a national sumo wrestling t-shirt and I said, ‘Hey, dude, how did you get into that?’ So he told me that his [wrestling] coach signed him up. He told me to Google it and I found a guy named Andrew Freund, and he hosts sumo wrestling matches and practices, so I went.

Q2: Why do you sumo wrestle?

A2: I thought wrestling was fun last year; still do it because it’s just a fun hobby to practice.

Q3: What is your work-out regimen?

A3: Usually the Japanese wrestlers eat a lot, but they also work out a lot. It’s very competitive; I need to keep up because, if you lose a match, you have to start from zero. Even if you have won 20, you start from zero again.

Q4: Is this a long-term goal?

A4: Right now, it is just for fun. I don’t see myself becoming a sumo star. I do want to go to the Nationals this June though.

Q5: What is your motivation?

A5: Honestly, there is just something about it that I love. There is nothing pushing me…so I’m just self motivated.

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