One of Emily Young’s favorite quotes comes from the animated Disney film “Mulan”: “A flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.”
When she first posted the line on her Twitter profile, the Lyndhurst senior did not realize how fitting it was. The story of her bowling career shares several parallels with the film about a young woman who enlists in the Chinese army in her father’s stead.
“It’s definitely similar to ‘Mulan’,” Young said with a smile. “It’s like, you’re throwing a girl into an ocean full of boys, and they all look at me funny at first. And then they realize, ‘Wow, she’s pretty decent.’”
Young, who is of Chinese (her dad’s side) and Italian (her mom’s side) descent, spent three varsity seasons with the coed Golden Bears, mainly competing solo at girls tournaments and with her team for boys tournaments.
This winter, she emerged as The Record Girls Bowler of the Year by excelling in both settings.