1. Name, Age, Hometown
Alexia Burch, 15, Sparks, NV
2. Do you have a nickname?
Yes, “Lex” or “Extreme”.
3. When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A really good family friend could do a cartwheel, and I told my parents I wanted learn how to do one, too. It just went from there.
4. Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
One of my first coaches was always doing funny things like falling, tripping up to makes us laugh.
5. When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete on the elite level? What about competition appeals to you?
In 2006, I knew I wanted to compete, and then, in 2012, I wanted to move to the elite level. I like showing off what I have learned, my skills and meeting new kids.
6. What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
I train five days a week, four hours day from 3-7 p.m. When I went to competitive gymnastics, they added about four hours for conditioning and to work on routines. It definitely got more intense.
7. What is your favorite event?
8. What is your favorite skill?
9. What music do you use for your floor routine?
Nuttin’ But Stringz by Energym
10. Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
Bridget Sloan, she always looks like she is having fun.
11. How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
I am a lot more confident when competing and a lot stronger.
12. How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
I am more bold, stronger and outgoing.
13. If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
To never give up, always be working.
14. What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
Making it to J.O. Nationals last year.
15. What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
Freshman at Spanish Springs H.S.
16. Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
17. What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
18. If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
19. What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
I want to keep going back to nationals until my senior year, and then, hopefully, receive a college scholarship. When I’m finished, I hope to have a successful career in medicine.
20. When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
I go to the lake and wakeboard. I also like to hunt and hike.
21. What is your favorite food?
22. What is your favorite movie?
23. What is your favorite book?
The Divergent Series
24. What is your favorite music group/singer?
25. Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
My sister is a competitive dancer, and my dad was a collegiate boxer.
26. Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
Yes, my friend gave me a “good luck” crystal once before a meet, and I have kept it in my bag ever since. My biggest ritual is that I walk into every meet with listening to “Animals” by Maroon 5.
27. 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?
Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5 and Eminem.
28. If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
Unique, Bold, Well-Rounded
29. What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
Competitive, Successful, Strong-minded