On-Campus Interview Series: Softcore on Sports

The stud from Sweden is truly an international playboy. After growing up in Sweden he was educated in an international (350 students from 80 different countries) boarding school in the Welsh countryside. Before coming to HBS, Mans worked in the private equity industry in London, New York and Stockholm.

Fact File: Mans Larsson (NH)
Height: 6ft 1 inch
Weight: 170 pounds
Eyes: Greenish
Hair: Blonde (getting darker with this season)
Marital Status: Single
Favorite Food: Kobe Beef (I like raw meat)
Favorite Drink: Mojito
Favorite Film: Manhattan
Favorite Band: Les Negres Vertes (French rock)
Nickname: Soft core
How Acquired Nickname: Given to me by the rugby team for my first rugby tour in Montreal. (Eds note- don’t you think he looks like a Swedish porn star?)

Harbus: What HBS sports team do you play for?

Mans Larsson: The HBS Rugby Football Club

Harbus: What position do you play?

ML: Wing and outside center. I once tried to play inside center but that was a complete disaster.

Harbus: When did you start playing rugby? And why did you start playing it?

ML: At HBS. I wanted to play a team sport and knew it would be a good way to meet a great group of guys. And its worked out well.

Harbus: What has been your best sporting moment on the field?

ML: Winning the MBA rugby tournament at Wharton. I surprised myself by being the highest scorer in the team. It was one of my proudest moments.

(Editor’s note: Mans’ modesty almost prevented him from sharing that he was the highest scorer – I had to tease it out of him).

Harbus: And your worst?

ML: Playing North Shore. We lost and I got severely beaten up on the field. I was illegally tackled by a 270 pound brute who almost crushed my ribs. I had difficulty walking properly for two weeks after that.

Harbus: How about your best moment off the field?

ML: Montreal tour comes to mind. It was my first trip with the team and I was introduced to the clubs norms… Was also a great opportunity to spend time with my new friends in the back streets of Montreal.

Harbus: And your worst?

ML: The time between the Priscilla ball and the Wharton rugby tournament. After one and a half hours sleep I just about had time to change out of my dress, take my makeup off and put my rugby shorts on.

Harbus: I heard a rumor that you were seen dancing ‘up close’ on the stage at the Priscilla ball with the male dancers?

ML: No comment.

(Editor’s note: this was said with a happy, whimsical smile on Mans’ face…)

Harbus: Interesting. So what is the biggest challenge about being an athlete at HBS?

ML: Balancing the time demands of the rugby team, getting used to the case method and meeting new people.

Harbus: What other sports have you played?

ML: I sailed competitively and used to play national league handball. I also play squash a lot and am always looking for new squash partner. (Editor: ladies take note!) I also like to paint a lot. I specialize in oil and acrylics and I’ve done a few nude paintings in my time!

Harbus: Do you have any advice for young athletes out there?

ML: Play sports you’re passionate about and never give up. Don’t forget about the social side of sports.

Harbus: On that note I think we’ll thank you for your time.

ML: Thanks.

November 22, 2004
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