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HBS Exceptional Athlete Awards: Q&A with Ben Gettinger

Earlier this month, Delia Zanoschi and Tum Preugpaibul (RCs) announced the winners of the inaugural HBS exceptional athlete awards, an initiative they started this year to recognize the best athletes at HBS. This week, Delia and Tum interviewed HBS Class of 2016 exceptional athlete winner Ben Gettinger.

BEN GETTINGER: SQUASH

SECTION A, NEW YORK, NY, USA What are the best memories you have of squash? Playing squash was central to my college experience. I really liked the training. We would train every day—twice a day sometimes—and travel around the country. It was a very intense environment, but I loved it. So when you say squash I go back to those years being on the team and training hard. What was your magic moment? My last college match against Brown University, at home. Squash venues are traditionally small, but the crowd at that match was huge. All of my friends were there, and it was really fun playing in front of a big crowd. When I stepped on the court and had 100-150 fans cheering me on…that was pretty cool. Who is your idol? In terms of sports, I really like Rafael Nadal. I’ve come to respect his work ethic and dedication. Also, every other player smashes their racket when they make a mistake. Rafael chooses not to; he never throws his racket in frustration.


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