An Interview with the
player from Minnesota.
By Kate Oberhelman 2003
XBall - LA 2003
MN Terminators - 1992
Kate: When did you first start
playing paintball and what got you into it?
Todd: 1987. A friend of mine
invited me along and in my first game I got the flag and I was addicted
Kate: What's the biggest change
you've seen over the years?
Todd: Probably going from woods
to air ball fields and the electronic marker.
Kate: Are there any changes
you'd like to see happen in paintball?
Todd: Make more money.
Kate: How have you kept from
burning out while playing so long? If so, how did you get yourself back
Todd: After the season ends I
take off November and December. No matter how I am feeling as soon as
the game starts Iím ready to go.
Kate: What are the perks of
being a pro player?
Todd: Women and money. Besides
that getting to travel around the world seeing new places, meeting new
people, and have everything paid for.
Kate: Do you make money playing
Kate: What is your most
Todd: Playing on the beach in
Aruba with topless girls walking around was great.
But, it was winning the 97' world cup.
Kate: How about one you'd like
Todd: A tourney in France. We
won it a couple of years in a row and there was no way they wanted us to
win it again. The promoter, players, and refs were all in on it.
Kate: After playing Nationals
for so long, I'm sure you've been overshot in a lot of games. Is there
that stands out the most?
Todd: Every Xball game you get
Kate: What are you views on
paintball being viewed on ESPN?
Todd: It will be great for
everyone; we need to make it a household name.
Kate: How do you feel about
Todd: The scheduling is great
you don't have to spend all day at the field.
Kate: What influenced you start
the Todd Hugo Paintball Clinic?
Todd: Jim Lathrop from SBI
contacted me and we made it happen.
Kate: How much longer do you
see yourself playing with the Philadelphia Americans?
Todd: A couple of years or so.
I'm getting old and slow.
Kate: Thanks for spending this
time with me, Todd. I wish you the best this year!
Interviewed by Kate Oberhelman - 2003 - MNpig.com
Photographs by MNpig staff photographer Darrin Johnson
Todd Hugo's web site www.toddhugo.com