At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Juan Gainous will be the starting quarterback for the Olympia Titans for this upcoming football season.

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This year, the Olympia High School football team will be starting with a new quarterback on the field — junior Juan Gainous. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Gainous is excited for the opportunity to start with the team and is looking forward to a successful season ahead. 

How long have you been playing football? 
Since I was 5 years old. 

Why football?
It gets me excited, it has a different atmosphere, I love it. It’s the energy that comes with it. Everyone wakes up on Friday morning, knowing that there’s a football game going on somewhere. 

How did you get into football? 
My dad put me in it when I was young. He used to play when he was younger. 

Have you tried playing other positions besides quarterback?
Yes, when I was younger, I used to play linebacker.  

What is your favorite thing about being quarterback? 
I feel like I can control the game better; I am more of a game controller. So, I have more of the game in my hands when I play quarterback. 

How do you feel about being the starting quarterback for the Titans this year? 
I’m excited. I am ready to put myself out there and show my talent. 

What do you think football has taught you not only on the field but also in life? 
Just to be a man. To be more masculine. Treat people with respect, treat people how you like to be treated. Mostly life lessons. 

What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Olympia High School football team?
The brotherhood (that we have). Everybody loves each other. Everybody forces each other to get better. 

Do you have a favorite drill during practice that you enjoy doing? 
That would be the quarterback drill.

What is your favorite movie? 
“Scary Movie” — it’s just fun. 

Who is your favorite superhero? Why? 
Batman. I don’t know, I kind of like that he has two different personalities; it’s just like me. I am a different person on the football field than I am (when I’m not on the field). 

If you could have a superpower, which one would it be and why? 
Probably fly, because there is too much traffic everywhere, so it’d be nice to fly somewhere. 

What is a TV series that you are watching right now? Why? 
“All American.” I don’t know, I just like it. 

What is your favorite dessert? 
I’m Cuban, so flan. I eat (all flavors), I don’t care. 

What’s your favorite food? 
Pizza. I like pepperoni pizza, I like it classic. 

What are three things on your bucket list? 
I want to graduate high school with a 3.5 unweighted GPA, I want to get into school by qualifying academically, and I just want to be a good man. I would like to make money, I don’t care how I make it; I just want to make money. 

Three things you would take with you to a deserted island? 
I guess a knife to cut things, a fire starter and probably a tent. 

What was the best thing you did this past summer? 
I went to the Cayman Islands to see my godfather. I was just with my family all the time, so (spending time) with people I hadn’t seen in a long time. 

Where would you like to go to college? 
I would like to go to Florida State University. 

Have you thought about what’d you like to study when you get to college? 
I would like to study sports medicine. 



Andrea Mujica

Staff writer Andrea Mujica covers sports, news and features. She holds both a bachelor's degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Central Florida. When she’s not on the sidelines, you can find Andrea coaching rowers at the Orlando Area Rowing Society in Windermere.

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