- Home Town: Chicago, IL
- Birth Date: 8/2/1980
- Throws: Right
- Ball Weight: 15 lbs.
- 300 Games: 10
- 800 Series: 1
- Positive Axis Point: 4 1/2" over and 1 1/8" up
- Favorite Layout: Pin above the finger holes, CG in the palm
I love to watch boxing on TV, and, as a young girl, I always dressed up as a pirate for Halloween. I am confused by fake wood paneling in cars, and am uncomfortable when I don't know if someone will lean in for a hug, or go for a handshake. I'm not a fan of sci-fi anything, and I get excited to clean my hands with foam soap. I completely relish those moments when you laugh but no sound comes out. My favorite color is red, I love to eat sushi.
I'm a silver level coach and own two companies with Jason Belmonte. The International Art of Bowling (www.iabowling.com) which focuses on coaching and the Elite Youth Tour (www.eliteyouthtour.com) which is a youth bowling tour.
I have been on Team USA for 14 years and have travelled to 36 countries. I'm so grateful that I found this sport very early in life thanks to my Grandma, Betty.
- Over 60 International Medals
- Team USA 1999-2012
- USBC Queens Champion 2012
- Australian Masters Champion 2012
- World Bowler of the Year 2006, 2007
- World Cup Champion 2006
- Malaysian Open Champion 2006
- National Amateur Champion1999, 2006
- Inducted into World Bowling Hall of Fame 2005
- World Ranking Masters Champion 2004
- Bowlers Journal International Amateur Bowler of the Year 2000,2001,2003, 2006
- USOC Athlete of the Year, Bowling 2000, 2003
- University of Nebraska National Champions 1999, 2001
- Collegiate Player of the Year, 2001.
- University of Nebraska Student Athlete of the Year 2002
- Multiple World Champion
- Giving birth to Madden (who was 9lbs 2oz), with no medication: 2010 :)
Every since I was a little girl I have been a big believer in practice. I used to practice every single night in middle and high school from 9:30pm-midnight. Every night! I learned at a young age that YOU GET OUT WHAT YOU PUT IN. The coaches at the University of Nebraska, Bill Straub and Paul Klempa showed me all the right ways to practice. A bowler must go into practice with a focus. By doing drills, and having a focused practice, you can accomplish things much quicker.
At practice, I make sure my timing is where it needs to be, and practice different releases as well as speed control. I never keep score. I practice at Diversey River Bowl in Chicago, IL.
I also have a personal trainer, Linda Gisburne who has studied my movements as a bowler and has developed a focused training plan to suit me and my sport.
10/11/2013: Friday Fun Day - Kids on Bowling
8/28/2013: Diandra Ready To Defend at 2013 Queens
8/20/2013: 2012 USBC Queens Rewind