By Lauren Ely
For 18-year-old Kiera Brown, an injury had her wondering if she would ever come back to gymnastics.
The Newport News, Va., World Class Gymnastics gymnast started the sport when she was 5. She used to flip all the time in her living room, so her dad signed her up. “I just really liked it and kept going with it,” Brown said.
However, Brown faced a setback in 2010 when she tore her Achilles. She says bars quickly became her favorite event because it was the only one she could do.
“After I did it [injury], I didn’t really think I would be able to come back to gymnastics,” Brown said. “I really love the sport, so I just kept pushing it and got back to where I wanted to be.”
Overcoming her injury took focus and determination, two things Brown says the sport is all about. Now, she will be attending the University of Georgia next fall on scholarship.
Brown plans on studying sports medicine at UGA. She enjoys studying science and the body and looks forward to learning how physical therapy and sports medicine tie into it.
In her spare time, Brown enjoys watching movies and having sleepovers with her friends. Brown says she will attend her senior prom this spring and has already started searching for the perfect dress.