Q: Do you have a nickname?
“Most of my friends just call me Reags.”
Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
“My mom put me in gymnastics because she was a cheerleader, and she wanted me to learn how to tumble. So I just kind of stuck with the gymnastics.”
Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete?
“I think it was when I first came to the gym I’m at right now. When I was about five years old, I saw the older girls doing all the skills and competing and that made me want to do it.”
Q: What about competition appeals to you?
“I think it’s really fun. I know a lot of the girls I compete against, so it’s fun. I like getting a little nervous.”
Q: What is your training regimen?
“I go 7-12 every day except for Sunday.”
Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
“When I first started, it was probably like three hours a day, and probably not every day, either.”
Q: What is your favorite event?
“Beam. It’s a little more nerve-wracking to some people, but I think it’s one of the easier events for me.”
Q: What is your favorite skill?
“I like dismounts off the beam.”
Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
“”I use violins. You know, flowing kinds of music.”
Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
“Probably [1991 World all-around champion] Kim Zmeskal, my coach.”
Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
“I think I’ve grown a lot. Gymnastics teaches you to never give up. And the skills just kind of come along with that.”
Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
“It’s helped me a lot. If anything gets tough, I know not to let it get to me because I know it’ll get better.”
Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
“Never give up. That would be it.”
Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
“Last year was a good year for me. Nationals, and competing at the Nastia Cup last year, those were both really good experiences.”
Q: Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
“Yes. I’ve been looking into Alabama and OU [Oklahoma University]. Those are my top two.”
Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
“I really like math. It comes more naturally to me.”
Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
“I’m not really sure right now what I want to do.”
Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
“Right now, it is to get a college scholarship to either one of those two colleges. It would mean a lot because college is very expensive, and my mom can’t really pay for it, so getting a scholarship would mean I get to go to college.”
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 do crafts. I like to draw. I make bracelets a lot. I make them for everyone who wants one.”
Q: What is your favorite food?
“Probably chicken-fried steak.”
That’s a Texas answer! Does your mom make it?
“No. [Laughs.] We go to Texas Roadhouse or somewhere and get it.”
Q: What is your favorite movie?
“Saving Mr. Banks.”
Q: What is your favorite book?
“Why Alice Forgot.”
Q: Who is your favorite music group/artist?
“I like Maroon 5.”
Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
“My mom was a cheerleader, and my dad was a football player.”
Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
“I have to eat one red Starburst before I compete.”
What if you opened up the package, and there were no red Starbursts inside?
“I’d probably just eat a pink one and hope it works.”
Q: What’s on your iPod right now? What type of music do you enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up?
“I like all types of music, really.”
Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
“Happy, confident. Does ‘good form’ count?”
Q: What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
“I’d say happy, again, energetic. Can I say I’m crazy?
“Okay. [Laughs.] Crazy.”
Reagan Campbell is an eighth grader from Highland Village, Texas. She started her gymnastics career as a toddler when her mother, a former cheerleader, wanted to teach Reagan to tumble. Reagan quickly fell in love with gymnastics.
At 14 years old, Reagan has already earned a laundry list of accomplishments in her gymnastics career. One of those includes placing first in all-around, vault, beam and floor in the Texas Prime Meet earlier this year. She says she enjoys the challenges that the different events present. As a member of Texas Dreams Gymnastics, she trains under 1991 World all-around champion and Olympic bronze medalist Kim Zmeskal-Burdette, who credits Reagan in her power and confidence.
Reagan attends school at the gym she trains in. She puts in hours of hard work with hopes to one day become an international elite. Her favorite event to compete is the balance beam because of the challenges it provides. Her coaches believe her strongest events are vault and floor because of her power.
Reagan has a brother who plays baseball. When she’s not in the gym, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her teammates.