ABOUT Madison Brunette

2014

Madison Brunette

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington

Age:
13

Gym:
Seattle Gymnastics Academy
Seattle, Washington

Qualifying Meet:
Charity Choice Invitational

            Bio

Q: Do you have a nickname?
“Madi.”

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
“When I was 5 years-old, I told my mom that I wanted to switch from ballet to gymnastics because ballet was too slow.”

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
“I remember my very first coach used to pretend that she went to clown school.”

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete? What about competition appeals to you?
“I started in a program called Recreational Optional gymnastics, and at age 10 switched over to the team program. I like being able to show others the skills that I can perform.”

Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
“I train four days a week, for five hours a night. This was a big jump from my previous program where I only practiced six hours a week.”

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

Q: What is your favorite skill?
“Double fronts.”

Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
“My music is called ‘Stumble and Fall.'”

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
“My favorite gymnast is Aly Raisman, because she is consistent and completes in all four events.”

Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
“I have grown in my skills and technique greatly over the last four years. In fifth grade I was a Level five and now I compete Level 10. Mentally, I have become much more confident in myself and my skills.”

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
“It has taught me to be persistent and to work hard.”

Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
“The biggest lesson I have learned is that I have to face my problems and work through them, not ignore them.”

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
“My biggest accomplishments are qualifying to Nationals and my best memories are competing at a meet in Costa Rica.”

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

Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
“Math and science.”

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
“I am still undecided.”

Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
“In gymnastics my goal is to compete at the collegiate level. I don’t know what profession I want to be.”

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 spend time with my sister, Gracyn. I also enjoy skiing and swimming.”

Q: What is your favorite food?
“Steak.”

Q: What is your favorite movie?
“‘Pitch Perfect.'”

Q: What is your favorite book?
“‘Hunger Games.'”

Q: Who is your favorite musician?
“One Direction.”

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
“My sister Gracyn is a Level 6 gymnast and my brother Ryan swims and plays tennis.”

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
“I always take time to visualize my routines the night before. I don’t have any lucky charms.”

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?
“In general I like to listen to upbeat songs, but I don’t listen to music before a meet.”

Q: If you had to pick three words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
“Powerful, strong and consistent.”

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