By Romy Schwaiger
Alexis Cappalli, 18, is an A student. As a senior at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill., she is taking all honors and AP classes. Alexis, called Lexi, will be graduating this summer and is looking forward to going to college, where she will be a member of a college gymnastics team.
“I have officially committed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” she says proudly, where she will be majoring in chemistry.
Lexi started with gymnastics at the ago of 2, “My mom signed us up for parent & tot classes, and it continued on from there.” She is currently a member of the Illinois Gymnastics Institute in Westmont, Ill., under coach Todd Gardiner, where she is competing in Level 10.
“I always try to get better. In gymnastics, you never get bored and you always want to do well for the team.”
Her biggest accomplishments were reaching the Junior Olympics National Championships in 2010 and now qualifying for the Nastia Liukin Cup in New York. She finished first place in the all-around at the Circle of Stars Invitational in Indianapolis. Lexi says that for the Nastia Liukin Cup meet, she wants to “do well and have a good time there.”
Adding, “It’s such a great experience for me.”
While many of the finalists look up to 2008 Olympic all-around gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, Lexi chose Shawn Johnson as her role model: “She is very impressive to me, and I admire how she has come back from her knee injury.”
In her free time, Lexi loves to bake, mostly muffins. “I normally get all my recipes out of magazines,” she says. Otherwise, she likes to hang out with her friends or listen to music.