Athlete of the Week Q&A: Gabrielle Orie
Each week, BRSN selects one athlete whose performance stood out among her peers both within the Cornell community and the Ivy League. This week, we talk to Gabrielle Orie, who placed seventh at last weekend’s Ivy League Cross Country Championships, earning her a First-Team All-Ivy award and the fastest time by a Cornellian on the course.
BRSN: Gabrielle, congratulations on leading the team this weekend. What was your mindset going into the race?
GO: Going into the race, I didn’t really know what to expect as it was my first Heps, being a freshman. But, I knew that as long as I tried my best and ran with my heart, I couldn’t ask for anything else.
BRSN: How did you first get involved with running, and what has kept you in the sport?
GO: I grew up playing almost any sport you could point out, but when it came to high school, I decided on swimming in the fall and winter and running track in the spring. It wasn’t until my senior year that I switched to cross country. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that my twin sister isn’t what keeps me going – we have a competitive edge that’s one of a kind and there’s nothing we both love more than running together “in sync” side-by-side and pushing each other to our limits. Without her at Cornell though, I’ve been so lucky and eternally grateful to have been adopted by a team that is so talented, positive, and down-to-earth.
BRSN: Why did you choose Cornell?
GO: Cornell is truly a place of “any person, any study.” Here, I knew I could explore my potential both academically and athletically.
BRSN: What is your pre-race meal?
GO: My race day always begins with a banana, almond butter, bagel, and a smile.
BRSN: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
GO: Right now, if there was anywhere I could go in the world, honestly, I’d want to be with my family. Home is where the heart is, and I can’t imagine I’d want to be anywhere else in this world without them.
BRSN: What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
GO: As a Nutritional Sciences major pursuing a path in pre-dietetics and possibly pre-dental, I love going to the Farmer’s Market, dining locally, adapting recipes, and experimenting with various ingredients and spices. I’m a total foodie!