Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s Celina Koetter
Celina Koetter is a sophomore on the Dowagiac girls basketball team.
What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?
CK: Making the girls basketball team without having played basketball on a team before.
What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?
CK: Spraining my ankle during practice.
Who is a “hero” in your life and why?
CK: My mom, because she made my exchange year in Dowagiac possible.
When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
CK: Before the game when our team runs into the gym.
Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.
CK: Sometimes I cuss in German when I’m angry.
How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
CK: I like to go running in the fields.
What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?
Why are sports an important part of a high school experience?
CK: I met a lot of friends and it just feels great.
How would you give away $50,000?
CK: I would split it and give one half to homeless people and the other one to animal shelters.
If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?
CK: The German soccer national team.
If I did not play sports, I would…?
CK: Watch Netflix and eat.
What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?
CK: Remembering all the plays.
If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?
CK: Three steps instead of two.
What is the best compliment you have ever received?
CK: “Oh, you’re German? I would not have thought so. You sound so American.”
What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?
CK: Leaving my friends and family for a year. Of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be here.
What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?
CK: Not slip on the icy sidewalks.
What is your favorite hobby? Why?
CK: Team handball, because I’ve played it for eight years and it’s my favorite sport.
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