Jul 8th, 2010
Nathalie in action
This week’s athlete spotlight is Nathalie, who has recently been chosen to represent the United States at the Rugby World Cup in England August 8th!
Nathalie typically trains at Open Gym during the week and flies pretty low under the radar. She is amazingly humble for being the real deal. If you’ve met her, you won’t soon forget. She is a beautiful, athletic woman with a soft accent (born in Colombia and raised in Switzerland) and stunning smile and is super-tough (duh, she plays international rugby!) and has been recovering from a serious injury as she hits the CFO workouts hard.
When I asked her for more details about the World Cup details she provided the following:
"26 US women will be traveling to London on August 8th to compete against 11 other nations, including New Zealand – the defending champs – England, France, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia. The Rugby World Cup takes place every 4 years and the USA placed 5th in 2006, in Canada. We will be competing in England for 4 weeks, with our first match on August 20th vs Kazakhstan. The games will supposedly be retransmitted over the internet so I’ll try to pass that information on once I have it for those that are interested."
This is an exciting opportunity for Nathalie and I know that a number of us will be watching closely has Nathalie and the US team take on the world.
Post congrats and best wishes to comments.
Name: Nathalie Marchino, pronounced Natalee Markeeno but if you ever happen to tune into one of the rugby online broadcasts, I could be anyone one of these: Nathaniel Marchilenko, Nathhhhalie Martchiiiino, Vanesha Martino, which is when they mix me up with the other wing, or Natal Martchino
Height: real: 5’7, desired: 5’11, rugby: 6’3
Weight: real: 142; desired: 150; rugby: 175
Age: 28, though often confused for a high school kid. there comes a point where it stops being flattering!
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?
A: I joined CFO for a few months back in 2007 and have been back since February…ish
Q: What is your day job?
A: I work for Nestle. I sell hot pockets. I think they are often mentioned in Connie’s posts
Q: What is your athletic background?
A: I played a bunch of random sports growing up (volleyball, tennis, ping pong, swimming, ski, snowboard,… Does ballet count? But eventually I got serious about basketball and played in college, at Siena. I injured my knee my senior year, ruining my chances of playing pro overseas so just kinda sat around until I found rugby in 2005. Ironically, rugby was one of the few sports I was able to play, since running on grass didn’t hurt my knee. As it turns out, basketball players transition to rugby easily – Naismith was a rugger, and he allegedly created basketball so that rugby players could play a game during the winter – so I picked it up pretty fast. I was invited to my first national team camp in 2006 and have been a member of the US national team since. I am now looking forward to competing in the 2010 women’s World Cup in England!
Q: What is your favorite strength move?
A: Favorite strength move is OH squat
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A: I loooooove anything under 10minutes. That’s about my attention span.
Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: Still waiting for it….. If only I could do a muscle up. So I guess for the moment it’ll have to be front squatting 180
Q: What is your most desired goal?
A: Doing a muscle up or OH squatting my body weight. 15 times would be awesome but for now I’d be happy with just 1.
Rant or Rave/Important Stats:
Gonna switch it up a little here and say that my proudest athletic moment in recent history is scoring my first International try against England. Hopefully I’ll have a few more to add to this in September!!!