w/ WNT defender Lori Chalupny
WNT defender Lori Chalupny sits down for a series of demanding questions. Read on to find out her pre-game routine, favorite St. Louis sports team and the best menu item from Taco Bell.
July 10, 2006
Favorite city you’ve lived in: St. Louis, Chapel Hill or Hermosa Beach?
“I have to say St. Louis, because that’s where my family is and it’s where I grew up, but my four years in Chapel Hill were amazing and living by the beach here in L.A. is a dream come true.”
Best part of going to Nerinx Hall, an all-girls high school, in St. Louis: Nickname is the “Hall Markers,” didn’t have to shave your legs or never had to worry about what to wear since you had a uniform?
“The uniform, definitely. I could get dressed five minutes before I had to leave for school and didn’t have to worry about anything. But we looked good in our uniforms, don’t get me wrong.”
Favorite event during your four years at Nerinx Hall: Nerinx-Ursuline games, Senior Prom or Hey-Day?
“I missed my senior prom because of a Under-19 National Team event, and the Ursuline games were fun because sports were a big deal at Nerinx and all the pep rallies and stuff. But the Hey-Day was probably my favorite, because it was crazy and all sorts of pranks were going on.”
Editor's note: Hey-Day is the first Friday of school where the freshman go through "initiation"...don't worry folks, it's all clean and legal.
You maintained an “A” average in math all four years in high school, but what was the hardest class: Trigonometry, geometry or calculus?
“Definitely calculus. It had those letters standing in for numbers and that really confused me. Trig and geometry kind of came pretty easy to me.”
Favorite leisure activity while on the road with the team: grab a movie, hit the mall or go out for a good meal?
“Tough call between the meal and the movie, but hotel food gets a bit old sometimes so I like to go out and eat somewhere really good. Usually, I can get Lindsay Tarpley or Heather O’Reilly to go with me.”
Best pre-game ritual: sleeping, listening to music or just relax?
“I am kind of the relaxing type. I want to save my energy and the excitement of the game is enough to get my nerves on edge, so it’s really good for me to just chill.”
Biggest surprise of the 2006 FIFA World Cup: The number of yellow/red cards, France making it to the final or the U.S. not advancing out of group play?
“The number of red and yellow cards has kind of been ridiculous. I look at the women’s game and we go at it pretty hard, but you never see the cards flying like that. You can’t really compare the men’s to the women’s game, but in the women’s game there are way less nasty fouls and certainly less diving.”
Superstitions on day of game: Have one, have more than one or don’t have any?
“No superstitions really, but I have rituals that I go through every game. I shower and make sure my legs are shaved so there’s less wind resistance. Some of these international forwards are really fast and I need every edge I can get.”
Without looking at the roster, what is the number of players on the Residency Training Camp roster from UNC: 5, 6 or 7?
“Is it six? Lilly, Tarpley, O’Reilly, Branam, me and Cat Whitehill. Go Heels!”
Biggest U.S. WNT legend: Michelle Akers, Mia Hamm or Kristine Lilly?
”That’s a toughie. Mia is probably the best goal scorer ever to walk the earth, and playing with Lil, well, she just amazes me every day, but I have to go with Michelle Akers. I never really played with her, I don’t really know her and she still sits up there on a pedestal for me as a legendary figure.”
Best way to keep your hair out of your face while playing: ponytail, pigtails, or pre-wrap hair band?
“I have to stick with the ponytail. The pigtails are a bit too European for me and the pre-wrap never stays on my head. I’ve tried.”
Best U.S. Men’s National Team player with ties to St. Louis: Brian McBride, Taylor Twellman or Pat Noonan?
“I’m still a little disappointed that Taylor didn’t make the World Cup roster so I’ll have to go with him. Maybe he’ll get a chance to play in the 2010 World Cup.
Favorite non-soccer professional sports team from the city of St. Louis: Cardinals, Rams or Blues?
“Cardinals are number one for sure, and I’m still a big hockey fan so the Blues are probably number two. I admit it; I am a fair-weather fan with the Rams. Talk to me when they are back in the playoffs.”
Sport you’d like to play professionally besides soccer: Basketball, golf or tennis?
“Tennis. I actually play tennis a bit in my spare time and I really like it, and there is a lot of money to be made. Although I’m probably too short because I don’t see a lot of 5-foot-4 girls on the pro tour. I actually play tennis with my grandma all the time and she whips me. It’s a bit humbling. I guess I’m not ready for Wimbledon.”
Coolest non-soccer athlete: Lance Armstrong, Tiger Woods or Tom Brady?
“Lance, because I watched a lot of the Tour de France and I read two of his books and I think he’s an amazing person. If he wants to come to a U.S. game, I will leave him tickets.”
Without picking your nickname, “Chalupa,” what’s the best food item on Taco Bell’s menu: Gordita, Crunchwrap Supreme or Mexican Pizza?
“I usually go with the double-decker taco, but seeing as I am waiting for the endorsement, I love it all!”
You eat filet mignon for dinner the night before leaving for any national team trip…what’s the best side to go along with the steak: baked potato, steamed vegetables or macaroni and cheese?
“It’s the baked the potato, for sure. Give me mine loaded. If it doesn’t have bacon and sour cream, don’t put it in front of me.”
Best restaurant in St. Louis you’ve been to: Imo’s Pizza, Zia’s or Boccardi’s?
“Definitely Imo’s. There’s just no other pizza like it. If we ever have a game in St. Louis, I’m taking the whole team.”
You’re in charge of providing dinner: Making a meal, hitting the frozen pizza or going out?
“I’m making a meal. I really enjoy cooking when I have the time. Since being out in California, I’ve learned to grill, and that’s kind of fun. I like to make shish-ka-bobs.”
Reality show you’d like most to be on: “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” or “American Idol?”
“Probably Survivor. I really can’t sing at all. Survivor looks challenging and athletic, but I probably would get kicked off early because I am not really good at back-stabbing people.”
Best Hollywood gossip mag: People, US Weekly or In Touch?
“I read all of them, but I like People the best, because they have the crossword puzzles in the back.”
Summer movie coming out you most want to see: “Superman Returns,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” or “”Miami Vice?”
“Pirates, because I really liked the first movie and who doesn’t like Capt. Jack Sparrow? If Capt. Jack wants to come to a game, I’ll leave him tickets, too.”
Favorite kind of music: Rock, pop or hip-hop?
“Actually, my favorite kind of music is country, but I listen to pop a little bit as well. I just saw Kenny Chesney in concert and that was fun.”
Favorite singer-songwriter: Jack Johnson, John Mayer or Dave Matthews?
“I’ll take John Mayer. He’s my favorite of the three, but I don’t really know why. I guess I just listen to him more than the other two.”
If you were a rock and roll star instead of a soccer star, what would you be: singer, drummer or lead guitarist?
“I think it would be fun to be the lead guitarist. I think it would take a lot of skill and energy to be the lead guitarist in a big band, and the whole group would be relying on you to have a good night every night.”