High School Athlete of the Week - Anna Stankova
Anna Stankova, a junior on the Dickinson High girls tennis team, helped the Midgets capture a 7-2 victory on the road against Jamestown on Thursday, May 9. The next day, Dickinson won non-conference matches against Valley City, Fargo South and Wahpeton by a combined margin of 14-1. Within that stretch, Stankova dropped a total of nine games in four singles victories. She also teamed with senior Alexa Cofer to a win in doubles competition. Stankova is a foreign exchange student from the Czech Republic. Originally scheduled to return to her country prior to the state tournament, she has extended her stay to compete at state.
DP: What have been your keys to success this season?
AS: "My keys to success this season, I don't know. Like practice, a lot of practice, probably. And improving my backhand."
DP: What are your goals for the rest of the season?
AS: "My goals for the rest of the season is to get the best placement as I can at WDA and get to state because I already changed the ticket, so I need to get to state."
DP: When did you start playing tennis and what do you most like about it?
AS: "I first started playing when I was five or six and I love, I don't know, it's just part of my childhood. My whole family does it and also my American family does it. I don't know, it's just fun and I have a lot of friends in tennis."
DP: Who is your favorite athlete to watch?
AS: "I'm bad at this (laughs). I like playing, you know, but I just don't like watching sports."
DP: What is the one thing you could eat for the rest of your life?
AS: "If I could eat one thing, it would be, probably, sushi. I love sushi, there are a lot of kinds, so you are never (tired) of sushi. I don't know, I love sushi (laughs)."
DP: Snapchat or Instagram?
DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?
AS: "The worst dancer ever."
DP: Coca-Cola or Pepsi?
DP: Tennis or any other sport?
DP: What is your first tennis memory?
AS: "I remember when I was five, the first time I met my coach, and we were in tennis camp, and I know I cried because I was so alone without my parents. So he was like, calming me down, and he helped me a lot. So that's probably my first memory."
DP: Who are your biggest inspirations to succeed?
AS: "Probably my parents, my parents are my biggest inspiration, and my boyfriend. He's my inspiration too, because he supports me a lot."