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‘SC’s Star Seniors: Amber Gore

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first_imgWe start with morning practice as early as 6 a.m. And then recovery, breakfast and then I go to class. I come back for an afternoon session which can consist of another mini practice or weightlifting. Sometimes more class, and I go home and do homework — and then the day starts all over the next day. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR FRESHMAN ATHLETES? WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE? WHAT HAVE YOU HAD TO SACRIFICE IN ORDER TO BE A STUDENT-ATHLETE, ESPECIALLY PLAYING TWO SPORTS? For many college students, four years of school can seem to fly by quickly. For student-athletes, grueling workouts, travel and the rigors of competing at the Division I level can make it go by even quicker. In this series, the Daily Trojan sits down with senior athletes playing various sports at USC to discuss their experience over the past four years, from their athletic life to their academic life. This week’s senior is women’s cross country and track runner Amber Gore, one of USC’s top distance runners over the last four seasons. Cross country is in the fall and track is in the winter and spring. It essentially feels like a big, year-round sport. Because I run distance in track, the training doesn’t change very much. We incorporate a little more speed in the spring. I’ve definitely learned how to work on time management because I notice I have a lot less time than other students to do schoolwork and extracurricular things. But it’s all for the love of the sport, and I wouldn’t trade it at all. People don’t understand how much mental focus it requires. A lot of people don’t like running as it is. I think the best part about running is when you get in that flow state. You are just in the zone. You feel great, like you’re floating through the air. It gives me a lot of time to think about anything. My mind can just wander. I feel great afterward, always. That’s the most important thing. WHAT’S ONE THING ABOUT RUNNING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW? WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY AT USC? Use all the resources that we have at USC, whether that be your teammates, your coaches, teachers, the athletic staff or the academic faculty. Everyone is here to see you succeed, and I wish I would have taken advantage of that at an earlier time. There are so many people that can offer you so many things at school. I came in thinking that I can be super self-sufficient and definitely struggled at times. So I want to encourage younger athletes that it’s okay to reach out. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or you can’t figure things out. It just means that sometimes we all need a little bit of extra help. Every year has been super memorable. There’s always new people coming in and making the team feel like a giant family. One of my favorite memories was my freshman year when we had the dual meet at UCLA. As a freshman, I knew about the rivalry coming in, but didn’t know about the deep history behind it. Being able to sweep on the men’s and women’s side at UCLA was just an unforgettable experience that really set the tone for the next three years and makes me excited to repeat it each year.  last_img read more

Kappa Bar adds Jönköping location to growing esports bar chain

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first_imgKappa Bar, a Swedish based esports and gaming bar/restaurant has opened its latest location in Jönköping.Launched in March of 2016, Kappa Bar already has locations in Gothenburg and Stockholm, with franchising options for Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark available via their website.Kappa Bar was founded by Henric Lettberger and Klas Bergqvist, with recent investment in the bar from NiP and Esports legend Emil “Heaton” Christensen.Kappa Bar offers gamers a place to watch the biggest esports events with friends, while also offering up a restaurant & bar set-up alongside its game zones as well as private party hire.Speaking to Jönköping Posten, Klas Bergqvist, Co-Founder had this to say about expansion into Jönköping: “Jönköping is like an ancient force for the entire country. DreamHack have really got something going there.”He went on to add what the future holds for Kappa Bar: “We have a plan for the major cities in Sweden. Actually, there is no stop for Kappa Bar,”Kappa Bar aims to be much like a traditional sports bar, with football and ice hockey replaced with esports event broadcasts and gaming. Bar games such as darts or shuffleboard are replaced with six PlayStation set-ups and a five-game GameZone. Kappa Bar also offers a VIP Zone hire for parties and companies looking to spice up their office work’s do with some added gaming. The Jönköping centre features a 180 square meter location which can accommodate around 60 guests with an 18+ age limit. The bar is situated at 9 Barnarpsgatan, Jönköping.Esports Insider Says: Jönköping is the perfect location to expand an esports bar chain. With a busy local university and the local Elmia centre hosting both DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter each year, the town has the right demographic to succeed, the bar is also well situated within the centre of town and, importantly, easily accessible by public transport.Author Note: All quotes have been translated into English from Swedish.last_img read more