ABOUT Rose Casali

2018

Rose Casali

Hometown:
Weddington, North Carolina

Age:
14

Gym:
Southeastern Gymnastics Center
Weddington, North Carolina

Qualifying Meet:
Tampa Bay Turners Invitational

            Bio

Twitter: rosiecasali

Instagram: rosie_casali

Do you have a nickname? Rosie

When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics? I started gymnastics when I was 3 because my sister was a gymnast and I wanted to be like her! I knew even when I was young that my heart belonged to gymnastics.

Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes? In level 4 I forgot my floor routine and did the same part over and over again!

When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete at a high level? What about competition appeals to you? In level 4 I came in 2nd and 3rd almost every competition and at the state meet I came in 1st place for the first time. I got so excited. That’s when I knew I wanted to continue to become a high level competitive gymnast. I love competing because I love to go out there and perform with my best friends. I also really like it because I get to show off my skills that I have worked on all year.

What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics? I train Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3:30-7:30 after school, Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30-8:30 and on Saturdays I practice from 10:15-2:15. No, for each junior Olympic level the hours got a little longer.

What is your favorite event? One of my favorite events is floor because I like to perform my routine to the music. My teammates and I cheer for each other and have a lot of fun.

What is your favorite skill? One of my new skills this season is my new favorite. It is my front tuck mount on beam.

What music do you use for your floor routine? The Mask of Zarro

Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”? My favorite collegiate gymnast is Maggie Nichols because she is a strong and beautiful gymnast with a great personality!

How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally? My skills have improved through the years. I have also worked hard on consistency with my skills that I compete as well as working on new skills at practice. I have become mentally stronger while working towards my goals.

How has gymnastics helped you as a person? Gymnastics has taught me to stay focused and goal driven. I have made lifelong friends and I have grown both physically and mentally stronger.

If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be? It has taught me to work hard and never give up on your goals.

What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career? Qualifying to JO Nationals my first year as a level 10, verbally committing to the University of Denver for gymnastics, qualifying and earning the silver medal at the 2017 Nastia Liukin Cup and qualifying for the 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup!

What grade are you in school? I am a sophomore

Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics? Yes, I am honored and excited that I have verbally committed to the University of Denver for 2020!

What are your favorite subjects, etc.? My favorite subject is English because I enjoy writing.

If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there? I would like to study elementary education.

What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing? My goals are to continue to grow as an athlete, teammate and person.

When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and traveling. My favorite places to spend time is at the beach and in the mountains.

What is your favorite food? Grilled Cheese

What is your favorite movie? Moana!!!

What is your favorite book? Night

What is your favorite music group? Thomas Rhett and Khalid

Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports? My sister competed gymnastics through level 9 and then competed All-Star Cheerleading. My oldest sister was a dancer, she also has a beautiful voice and is a great artist!

Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms? My friends and I always go to Panera to eat and then we get ready for the meet together.

What’s on your IPod right now? What type of music do enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up? I listen to country, pop and rap.

If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they? Dedicated, supportive, passionate

2017

Rose Casali

Hometown:
Weddington, North Carolina

Age:
13

Gym:
Southeastern Gymnastics Center
Weddington, North Carolina

Qualifying Meet:
Sand Dollar Invitational

            Bio

Q: Do you have a nickname?
A:
Rosie

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A:
I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old because my sister was a gymnast and I wanted to be like her!

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
A:
In Level 4, I forgot my floor routine and did the same part over and over again!

Q: What about competition appeals to you?
A:
I love to go out there and perform with my best friends. I also really like competition because I get to show off my skills that I have worked on all year.

Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
A:
I train Monday-Friday from 3:30-7:45 p.m. On Saturdays, I practice from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Q: What is your favorite skill?
A:
My full-in pike on floor

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A:
My favorite gymnast is Shawn Johnson because she had such powerful skills!

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
A:
I made lifelong friends, and I have grown both physically and mentally stronger.

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A:
Qualifying to JO Nationals, verbally committing to the University of Denver and qualifying for The Nastia Cup!

Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A:
I am a freshman at Weddington High School

Q: Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
A:
Yes, I am honored and excited that I have verbally committed to the University of Denver!

Q: What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
A:
My favorite subject is English because I enjoy writing.

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
A:
I would like to study education and one day teach young underprivileged children.

Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
A:
I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, kayaking and traveling.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A:
Chicken and waffles!

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A:
The Longest Ride

Q: What is your favorite book?
A:
The Fault in our Stars

Q: What is your favorite music group?
A:
Dan + Shay

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
A:
My sister competed gymnastics through level 9 and then competed in All-Star Cheerleading. My oldest sister was a dancer.

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A:
I like to listen to motivational music before I compete. My friends and I also always get ready together.

Q: What’s on your IPod right now? What type of music do enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up?
A:
I usually like to listen to country and pop, but before a meet, I like to listen to motivational music.

Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A:
Dedicated, supportive, passionate