Uceny: “People say I look like Hilary Swank”

If she wasn’t a middle distance supremo, Morgan Uceny could be standing in as Hilary Swank’s double, taking nature photographs or, worryingly, still be flushing dresses down the loo. The American reveals all to SPIKES… 

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If you could choose another event to star in, what would it be?
Long jump. I long jumped at high school, and still have the school record [about 17 ft 1 in / 5.21m], and there is not as much running involved.

What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Oatmeal with peanut butter and raspberries.

What is your favourite pre-competition snack?
A peanut butter sandwich.

What are your plans for today? Do they involve peanut butter?
I’ve just had a coffee and I’ve got no more running scheduled this afternoon. I’m then going to work on finding a place to live and a finding a car [Morgan had moved from San Diego to live in Loughborough, England, only a few days earlier].

If you could pick three celebrity dinner guests to christen your new dining table, who would they be?
Morgan Freeman because he is a great person. President Obama seems like a cool guy to hang out with and Reggie Miller, my favourite basketball player growing up.

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Morgan and Morgan: You’re always welcome in Loughborough, Freeman

Who would play you in a film?
Hilary Swank, because some people say I look like her.

You do! And Hilary loves a spot of jogging. Do you have any superstitions?
I’m superstitious about not being superstitious.

Nice. If you weren’t an athlete, what would you be doing?
A photographer for the National Geographic.

What is the worst thing you’ve ever worn?
Does a Halloween costume count? [SPIKES: You’re not getting away that easily]. I guess any kind of dress. When I was young I hated dresses, and I remember my mom made me wear a dress to school. I took extra clothes and flushed the dress down the toilet.

That is amazing. How much money do you have in your pocket?
About £60 [$95].

Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Hawaii.