Olympic RelayOlympic Relay: Erica Morningstar, Swimming

Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 11:37 AM

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Canadian athletes are a fascinating breed of focused men and women who know what they want to achieve. We see them as they compete, and then they disappear from our view.

Here's a place where you have a chance to meet them in a way that illustrates their personalities. Their likes, their dislikes and what makes them tick. We call this the Olympic Relay and here's how it works.

A few months ago we had the idea of sending five questions to a selected group of Olympic athletes. We started with Olympic kayaker and medal hopeful Adam van Koeverden and asked for his feedback. He responded by saying it's a good idea, but it could be better? He suggested that we get athletes to ask questions of other athletes. Something like chain mail. And that is what we have tried to do.

For the past few months they have been asking questions of some of their fellow athletes who have generously taken the time to respond. Click on the images above and you'll discover the questions, and the answers. Enjoy!

Erica Morningstar of Canada swims the breaststroke during the women's 200mIM in June. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Erica Morningstar of Canada swims the breaststroke during the women's 200mIM in June. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Erica Morningstar is the Canadian record holder in the 200m individual medley.  The woman who used to hold that record?  Julia Wilkinson, the woman who posed these questions.

Erica swam in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where she competed in five separate events. She also swam in four events during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. 
Erica Morningstar
Hometown:  Regina
Sport:  Swimming

Erica is the Canadian record holder in the 200m individual medley.  The woman who used to hold that record?  Julia Wilkinson, the woman who posed these questions.

Erica swam in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne where she competed in five separate events. She also swam in four events during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. 

Read her biography at the Swimming Canada website and they list as one of her highlights her friendly rivalry with Julia!  

Her Olympic Event:
  • 200m IM
Julia: 
If there was an "Erica Morningstar" television show, what would it be about? (Cooking, music, fitness, "day in the life", etc.)

Erica: 
It would definitely be a cooking show. I LOVE to cook and bake. I would probably do more baking then cooking on the show. I love to make super unhealthy desserts for my friends and family.
 
Julia: 
If you could go on tour with any musician or band, who would it be and why? 

Erica: 
I don't think I can narrow this down to just one person so I'm going to do a top three. I would pick Luke Bryan, Eric Church or Jason Aldean. I'm a huge country music fan and would love to go on tour with any of these guys, plus they seem like they would have a pretty good time.
 
Julia: 
If you could go back in time and tell your childhood self one thing, what would it be? 
 
Erica
I would probably tell myself not to worry so much about where my life is going to take me and just enjoy it and have fun.

Julia:
f you could bring ONE over-the-top, completely unnecessary item to the Olympics (and weight/ size/ getting in the village is not an issue... it can be anything) what would it be and why? 

Erica:
I'd probably bring my bed. haha. My bed is so comfortable and I love it and spend a lot of time in it during taper.
 
Julia: 
What is the best gift you've ever received and why?  
 
Erica: 
As a graduation present my Mom and I went to New York for a week after the 2008 Olympic Games. It was really great to spend time with her after being a way for the summer. We shopped and went to shows and it was an all around great trip.

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