Alex Huynh (Psych'17): CU-Boulder's defender from down under

January 25, 2016 •

The views of the Flatirons from campus are famous and hard to beat. For Alex Huynh (Psych’17), they were a total surprise.

“I didn’t know there were mountains here,” the junior center back for the CU women’s soccer team says. “I’m not even (joking) you. I didn’t know there were mountains here.

When Huynh became the first Australian to join the Buffs soccer team, in 2013, she’d been to the U.S. once, to California, and CU coach Danny Sanchez had originally recruited her to play at the University of Wyoming while he was coach there.

“When I got the job at Colorado, I told her ‘Come to Colorado’,” says Sanchez, who landed the CU job in 2012. “‘Just trust me, you’ll love it,’ I said.”

And Huynh has indeed found a lot to love about Boulder: The sunshine, the friendly people, “the super chill vibe.”

But first there was a rude awakening: Three days after landing in Colorado, the sea-level soccer star staggered through her first Buffs fitness test and promptly passed out. Boulder is situated 5,368 feet higher than Sydney.

“That was a nice welcome,” says Huynh, who’s from Sadleir, New South Wales, a Sydney suburb.

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