ABOUT Emma Brown

2014

Emma Brown

Hometown:
Adel, Iowa

Age:
13

Gym:
Chow's Gymnastics and Dance Institute
West Des Moines, Iowa

Qualifying Meet:
Wisconsin Dells Classic

            Bio

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
“I started when I was 5 years-old because it looked like a lot of fun.”

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
“Just that I remember being pigeon-toed and it looked really funny.”

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete? What about competition appeals to you?
“I’m not sure exactly when, but competing has been a lot of fun.

Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
“The biggest change was the amount of hard work that I had to starting putting in.”

Q: What is your favorite event?
“Bars.”

Q: What is your favorite skill?
“I have two: the double layout on bars and the front aerial on beam.”

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
“Norah Flatley. She is also from Chow’s. She is just really nice fun to be around, but she also works very hard.”

Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
“I have just used my basic fundamentals to grow in my skills and learn from each experience. However, I know I still have a lot of growing to do both mentally and skill wise.”

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
“It has made me more self-disciplined, and it’s helped me learn how to deal with doing hard things that seem impossible at first.”

Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
“That you can have fun by working hard.”

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
“Just having fun and working hard at the gym.”

Q: Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
“Yes.”

Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
“Math and science, but I really enjoy them all.”

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
“Most likely something in the medical field.”

Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
“Right now I just want to have fun and enjoy life’s twists and turns.”

Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities?
“I like to ride my horses or go shopping with friends. I also enjoy going on vacation.

Q: What is your favorite food?
“Raspberries and chocolate! But I also like eel sushi.”

Q: What is your favorite movie?
“‘Dolphin Tales’ and ‘Hunger Games.'”

Q: What is your favorite book?
“I like both ‘Divergent’ and ‘Unwind.'”

Q: Who is your favorite musician?
“It is too hard to pick just one.”

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
“My dad did track and my mom did ballet.”

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
“Not really, I just like to eat candy before to get my hyped up.”

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?
“I like to listen to ‘Turn Down for What,’ ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Remember the Name.'”

Q: If you had to pick three words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
“Hardworking, not-perfect and dedicated.”

Q: What three words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
“Smart, funny and kind.”