ABOUT Courtney Klausen

2014

Courtney Klausen

Hometown:
Concord, California

Age:
12

Gym:
Head Over Heels
Emeryville, California

Qualifying Meet:
Chicago Style Meet

            Bio

Q: Do you have a nickname?
“Court.”

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
“I started in 2006, when I was about 4 years-old, and I just remember loving to flip around.”

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
“When I was younger, every time I did a full-turn, I would split the beam.”

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete? What about competition appeals to you?
“It was my coaches who told me I was ready. I enjoy winning awards.”

Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
“I train Monday through Friday from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

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

Q: What is your favorite skill?
“Side-somi on the beam.”

Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
“Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp.”

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
“My favorite gymnast is Shawn Johnson.”

Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
“I have become stronger, more focused and more flexible.”

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
“It has helped me be more outgoing.”

Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
“The value of teamwork.”

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
“Qualifying for the Nastia Liukin Cup.”

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

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

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
“I would like to study business management.”

Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
“My goals are to become elite level and to complete at the collegate level.”

Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities?
“One of my favorite activities is baking.”

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

Q: What is your favorite movie?
“Catching Fire from the Hunger Games Series.”

Q: What is your favorite book?
“Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith by Gabrielle Douglas.”

Q: Who is your favorite musician?
“Black Eyed Peas.”

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
“My dad did gymnastics and both of my brothers play baseball.”

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
“Nope.”

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?
“I enjoy listening to pop music.”

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

Q: What three words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
“Crazy, smart and funny.”