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Athlete of the Week: Lauryn Luangsomkham

Joliet Central, Senior, Badminton

Joliet Central’s Lauryn Luangsomkham returns a serve to Oswego East's Kayla Bumalay at the girls Badminton 2019 IHSA Sectionals held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 held at Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox, Ill.
Joliet Central’s Lauryn Luangsomkham returns a serve to Oswego East's Kayla Bumalay at the girls Badminton 2019 IHSA Sectionals held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 held at Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox, Ill.

Why was Luangsomkham selected: The Steelmen senior badminton player not only earned her second-straight appearance in the IHSA Badminton State Finals but also won the singles championship after rallying from a first-set defeat to claim a 19-21, 24-22, 21-10 victory over Oswego East's Crystal Hwang in the Lincoln-Way West Sectional finals match.

Herald-News sports writer Curt Herron talked with Luangsomkham.

Herron: How did it feel when you won your first sectional title?

Luangsomkham: I proved that I am good enough to compete against the girls who have a lot more training and experience than me but I can still come through and take the title.

Herron: What do you like the most about badminton?

Luangsomkham: I like the physical and mental challenges that it brings. It's very similar to playing chess and I'm on the chess team at my school, and I think that helps out.

Herron: What do like about competing for the Steelmen?

Luangsomkham: Often times we're underestimated and they don't really know how good we are in general and they really see us a threat to threat to them.

Herron: Who's your favorite sports team?

Luangsomkham: I'm a big fan of all Chicago's sports teams.

Herron: Who's someone that you would have liked to meet?

Luangsomkham: Abraham Lincoln.

Herron: What's your favorite food?

Luangsomkham: I like Laotian food.

Herron: What's your favorite social media site?

Luangsomkham: Instagram.

Herron: As a musician, what kind of musical style do like the most?

Luangsomkham: That's hard since I'm a musician and I play the violin and the piano.

Herron: What's your favorite movies?

Luangsomkham: I really love Disney movies, especially the classics.

Herron: Where is the favorite place that you've been and where would like to go?

Luangsomkham: I really enjoy going to Florida and being at the beach. And Laos.

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