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Russell Olsen is not the average college student. The Parks and recreation major has many unique hobbies. He enjoys winning local fun runs, smoking kids from around the world in online typing tests, and memorizing birthdays of everyone as far back as the classmates from second grade.

Russell started running at a young age. As he got older he finished close to older faster runners. Russell claims that his most impressive race was a 59:02 time in the Blacksmith Fork 15k Freedom Run. Russell was barely 14 at the time. 

Growing pains kept him from maintaining his prowess in distance races but his big frame helped him excel in mid distance track races such as the 800 meter run. He won the whole race in a meet his sophomore year that he now labels the “crazy 800”. “Cameron Reeve was my greatest rival because Coach Wade would always say “You gotta get that Cameron guy!” Russell said in an interview.

Russell is still running races at 24 years old which is impressive as many other runners have quit running after high school. He ran the Bear Lake Half Marathon and ran many other local 5k and 10k fun runs.

If you know Russell then he might not know your name but he probably knows your birthday. Russell loves to train his mind by memorizing birthdays. Mental toughness is really important in running.

Russell is recognized as one of the top typists this side of the Mississippi River. If you look on websites like 10fastfingers or TypeRacer you will likely find his name on the leaderboards. A boy named Nihad is said to be one of Russell’s greatest rivals though Russell has never met the guy. Russell likes to strengthen every part of his body and fingers help him succeed in a multitude of sports.

Russell likes using his tall 6 foot two frame to do well in basketball. While he doesn’t like competitive games, he does enjoy a game of Horse. His trick knee throws and over the hoop shots have made him a neighborhood legend.

Russell isn’t the biggest football fan in the world but he certainly is familiar with who the perennial favorite to win the Super Bowl is. He predicts, “I think the Patriots will win the Super Bowl this year.”