Proust Travel Questionnaire: Tim Morehouse, Olympic Fencer

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

Number one ranked U.S. men’s saber fencer Tim Morehouse is an Olympic silver medalist and two-time national champion with his sights set on gold at the London 2012 Games. That means he travels a lot with swords. We give him a stab at the ol’ Proust-inspired questionnaire.

The in-flight film you hope for: Anything I haven’t seen that’s funny.

The last book you took on holiday: Paul Sullivan’s book Clutch about the characteristics of coming up big in those pressure moments. As an athlete, I read a lot of those. Anything to get an edge!

You tend to pack too many…: Fencing swords a.k.a. my Sabers. I know, not a normal item for most people, but you never want to be at a competition, break a few blades and be sword-less!

Your idea of travel happiness: Sleeping [through] the whole flight and waking up as you land.

Your idea of travel misery: Air China. Bad experiences. Don’t ask.

Your favorite quality in a hotel: Comfort. We travel all the time in our sport and are constantly staying at hotels so feeling comfortable is key. Nothing worse than being on the road for two weeks in an uncomfortable bed and room.

What do you appreciate most in a travel partner? Sense of humor and a good sense of direction.

What is your favorite journey to take? I love Madrid. Great culture and have a lot of great friends there.

What is your greatest fear abroad? Hmm… we’ve competed in Iran and Algeria, so I’d say being kidnapped!

Which historical world traveler do you most identify with? Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Maybe they are who I admire most. I love anyone pushing the boundaries and will to be brave and take risks to achieve something special.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in yourself? Impatience. I hate the waiting.

What is the travel habit you most deplore in others? Cutting the line. It is amazing how many people try to cut into the security lines or at the ticket counter.

In what travel situations do you lie? I’m an Olympian, we don’t lie!

When and where were you last happiest? I’m happy with the people I love and doing the things I’m passionate about, so I feel fortunate that I get to do that every day and see those people often.

What is your most treasured take-along? My Blackberry. Sad, I know, but I love feeling in touch with my life back in the U.S.

What is your travel motto? Arriving safely is the most important thing.

Follow Tim on Facebook and Twitter @TimMorehouse.

Photo by Chiun-Kai Shih.

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