Vikings athletics caught up with fourth-year soccer player Taylor Olsen to hear how she’s been keeping busy and the best advice she has ever received (which she continues to use when working with young players).
Q: What is your program of study and what do you hope to do with that degree?
TO: I am taking a bachelor of arts, majoring in interdisciplinary studies and I am considering looking into some form of healthcare technician.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in your soccer career?
TO: I am hoping to play another year for Augustana (COVID-19 permitting) and have a strong year with my teammates.
Q: How did you get your start in soccer?
TO: I started playing soccer when I was six years old here in Camrose. I still remember our team name that season: The Red Mustangs.
Q: Why did you choose to become a Viking?
TO: I grew up in Camrose and loved that I would have the opportunity to continue to represent my hometown while staying close to family.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Viking?
TO: I love being a role model for the young female soccer players that I coach and I love the bond between the coaches and players.
Q: How do you spend your free time when you are not in the gym or field?
TO: I spend most of my time wishing the snow would melt and watching Community on Netflix!
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
TO: If you want to give someone constructive criticism, always start with a compliment! As a result, people are more likely to respond positively to your critique and it's fantastic for coaching kids.
Q: Who influenced your soccer career and/or life the most?
TO: My family has influenced my soccer career the most; they have always supported me.
Q: How have you been keeping busy this year while everything is on pause because of the pandemic?
TO: At-home workouts, sewing and a ton of Netflix!
You can hear more from Vikings athletes and coaches Friday mornings with Scott Mitchell on New Country 98.1.