The fourth installment of an eight-part series profiling the players who will represent Junior Team USA at the 2010 World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships in Helsinki, Finland from July 24-Aug. 1.
Hometown: Brandon, Fla.
Born: March 4, 1990
Age Started Bowling: 9
High School: Bloomingdale High School
College: University of Central Florida (biotechnology)
Years on Junior Team USA (2): 2009, 2010
- 2010 USBC Intercollegiate Singles Championships winner
- 2009-10 first-team collegiate All-American
- 2009-10 Bowling Writers Association of America Collegiate Player of the Year
- 5th at 2010 USBC Team USA Trials
- Two gold medals (trios and team) and two bronze medals (singles and doubles) at 2009 Pan American Bowling Confederation Youth Championships
Q: What was your reaction when you found out you had been selected to compete in the World Youth Championships?
JB: At first, I was speechless. When I got the phone call from Coach Rod (Ross) telling me, I remember not saying a thing because I started smiling this huge smile. I couldn't believe that I was selected and being selected was definitely the biggest honor I've had thus far.
Q: Besides the competition, what are you looking forward to the most on this trip?
JB: First off, I'm looking forward to spending time with my teammates. Besides competition, the rest of the time I'm sure is spent with the team, and I think that's going to be a blast. I'm also looking forward to hopefully meeting as many teams as I can from the many different countries that will be present. Overall, I think this will be one of the most memorable experiences ever.
Q: If you were allowed only two bowling balls for competition, what would you use?
JB: I would use my Columbia Full Swing and my spare ball. My Full Swing has always been reliable, and it's always the ball I go to when I'm completely lost in competition. I know what it will do on the lane and it helps me get back on track so I can move off that. My spare ball is another comfort ball because I know spares are crucial to competition, and I'm confident with the spare ball I have.
Q: What are a couple of favorite songs in your iPod?
JB: My favorite songs vary depending on what I am doing. Before competition begins, for example, I love music that will pump me up. In general, I love music from Paramore, Anberlin, Disturbed and Tegan and Sara.
Q: What’s your favorite motivational quote?
JB: "Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” - Wilma Rudolp