Cheerleader of the Week: Oregon's Katelynn
Name: Katelynn Johnson
Katelynn was in the news the weekend before Thanksgiving after being hit in the head with a full water bottle and hospitalized briefly following the Ducks victory over Arizona. Her 20 questions questionaire had been filled out before the mishap, but SI.com contacted her on Nov. 22 to see how her recovery was going and to get details of the incident. Here is her account, followed by her 20 questions responses.
"What a loss to a great win...Things are a bit fuzzy, however I am glad that it was only a head concussion. Everyone was on the sideline celebrating and it was such a great rush, but as we started to see items flying at us, the celebrating turned into a panic/fear. Imagine items you take to a game in your hand, like everything from soda, popcorn, water bottles, alcohol bottles, trash, etc. and seeing it all heading your way.
"We were cheering the team off the field when I got hit in the head by something. My head hurt but I remember a police officer yelling at us to grab our belongings and run to the middle of the field. We were somewhat in the field when I looked at a fellow cheerleader and he asked if I was OK... That was it. The next thing I remember is my best friend [Amanda Pflugrad] talking on the phone over me in the hospital. The entire rest of the trip was a blur, but my parents picked me up at the airport and I am headed towards full recovery. I am doing much better and cannot wait to get back out on the field and the court.
"I have had many positive and uplifting letters, e-mails, facebook notes, texts and phone calls that have only encouraged me to get well as fast as I can so I can begin to do what I love. I am not mad at the Arizona fans, cheerleaders, football team or the school. In fact, I have been getting a lot of apologetic letters from them. I think this is just an eye opener to both schools. The safety of players, faculty, staff and fans of any opposing team is very important and we need to do a better job to facilitate that. "
I love my school, but I almost went to: Portland State... I love the city.
My best physical feature is: My smile...it can cure more than you think.
If I had to watch one movie on loop forever, it would be: Love & Basketball.
If you looked at the "most played" songs on my iPod, you'd see a lot of: R&B, I could not live without it. Music is my first love and I usually get made fun of for it.
The shows I DVR/TiVo are: I'm not a big DVR'er but I like to watch The Game, R&B music video channel, Entourage, Heros, 90210, and couldn't forget about a little ESPN.
My favorite Web Sites are: Victoria's Secret, Youtube, Facebook, (I looked at my history and those popped up the most)
My favorite people to follow on Twitter are: I don't Twitter... I wish I did, but I feel like that's one more thing I have to do/keep up on. Am I that lame?
My worst habit is: I sometimes drink out of the milk carton. I learned it from my older brother.
My gameday superstitions are: A good cup of coffee, a healthy breakfast and a good luck text.
The talent I'd most like to have that I don't possess is: I used to play the piano, I wish I would have stuck with it.
These three things top my bucket list: Get married, have a healthy family and be in a Sports Illustrated and/or Victoria Secret's magazine.
I'd want my last meal to be: Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with my family.
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a game is: I do a lot of embarrassing things. That is what makes me unique. It sometimes brings character to a crappy game. Crowd interaction is my favorite!
Three things I'd take to a desert island are: World map, a motor boat and steroids (does that count?)
My favorite pro sports teams are: Cowboys, Dodgers and Lakers.
My one guilty pleasure is: Chocolate milk.
My celebrity crush is: Don't really know... let's just say any chef on the food network. I like a man who can cook!
Five people I'd like to have dinner with (living or dead) are: Jesus Christ, Barack Obama, Beyonce acquainted by Jay-Z , my mom's father and my brother and sister. Family is VERY important to me.
My friends would be surprised to know that I: Used to sing in front of my church.
The next risk I want to take is: Life is all one big risk. I just try to live day by day, that's all you can really do!
The worst date I've ever been on was: Worst date? I have only been on one date with someone I didn't really know that he asked me out the night before. Other than that, I'm dateless.
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