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Naps, nicer refs suit Apple Valley's Charles

By Star Tribune, 06/29/12, 4:44PM CDT

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Jordan Charles

QUICK Q&A:  JORDAN CHARLES, APPLE VALLEY SR. (2013) SOCCER, HOCKEY, TRACK

Most memorable moment as a high school athlete so far? Winning the 2010 state championship in soccer.

What are you working on in the offseason? I really want to work on my explosiveness and strength.

Goals for the 2012-13 school year as an athlete? Next year I want to continue where I left off in the track season. Hopefully, I can bring home some blue (first place) medals.

To get focused for competition, I ...? Visualize my event and run every possible scenario in my head and plan how to adjust to it.

The best movie I've seen in the last year? 'The Avengers.'

Three words my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Competitive, hard-working, ambitious.

At my first varsity practice, I felt ...? I had something to prove, I was not satisfied with just making varsity.

What is your school's biggest rival, and why? Eagan. We face them so often in the year we end up making each other better.

How do you balance school and sports during the year? Usually I take a nap between practice and homework just so I don't burn out.

If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be? Have nicer referees. Some of them can be really grouchy.

I know I have an edge on an opponent when ...? They ask how I did after every jump.

Favorite pregame meal? Steak.

Your favorite college or pro sports team and why? Oregon. They have a good track program and they're the Ducks!

What is the best sports advice you ever received? Nothing is ever given to you, it must be earned.

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