ABOUT Mia Falcone

2017

Mia Falcone

Hometown:
Eustis, Florida

Age:
13

Gym:
Brandy Johnson's
Groveland, Florida

Qualifying Meet:
IGI Chicago Style Meet

            Bio

Q: Do you have a nickname?
A:
The Hulk or Li’l H (as in “little Hulk”).

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A:
When I was eight years old, I was watching the 2011 Gymnastics World Championships. I knew then I wanted to try out for gymnastics. I begged my mom for months to let me do gymnastics. After a lot of convincing, she said yes! I started in January 2012.

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
A:
When I was a Level 2, a girl dared me to do a back tuck on the floor. I could do back tucks on our trampoline at home and figured this wouldn’t be much different. I attempted the skill and landed on my knees. The girl told me that it didn’t count because I didn’t land on my feet. So, I did a second back tuck and this time landed on my feet. I looked at the girl and said, “Okay, now it’s your turn.” She attempted to do the back tuck and landed on her face and got mad at me because I was able to land a back tuck and she wasn’t. This is by far one of the funniest memories I have of my gymnastics career.

Q: When did you want to compete at a high level?
A:
After watching Aly Raisman at the 2012 Olympics, I knew I wanted to compete elite.

Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
A:
I train 27 hours each week.

Q: What is your favorite event?
A:
I love vault and floor.

Q: What is your favorite skill?
A:
Double Arabian on floor

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A:
Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez.

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A:
Making the Florida State Team for Level 7 Regionals (Regionals was a fun meet); competing in the 2015 Eastern Nationals in Level 9; competing in the 2016 Nationals for Level 10, and being invited to multiple Developmental Camps at the Ranch.

Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A:
I am in 8th grade, and I am homeschooled along with my siblings.

Q: What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
A:
Math and history.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A:
Finding Dory.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A:
The Bible, and Nadia Comaneci’s book Letters to a Gymnast.

Q: What is your favorite music group?
A:
Megan Trainor

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A:
My oldest sister bought me a stuffed animal three years ago, and I named it Lucky. I take Lucky to nearly every meet.