1. Name, Age, Hometown:
Lauren Little, 12, Mooresville, N.C.
2. When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
My parents enrolled me in Mommy & Me gymnastics class when I was 2 years old because it was the only sport they could find that accepted 2 year olds.
3. 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?
I never decided to compete; it just kind of happened when I was very young. Then, I realized how fun it was and I wanted to learn more and more skills – as many as possible to be like the “big girls” that I practiced with. Now, I love competing and performing.
4. What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
I train six days a week – a combination of conditioning, skills, drills and dance. My training schedule has gradually increased over the years so it was not a big switch.
5. What is your favorite event?
It has always been bars, but now it’s floor since I have become a better dancer.
6. What is your favorite skill?
Double Arabian – because it feels pretty cool to land it.
7. What music do you use for your floor routine?
I don’t know the name – but it’s upbeat, fast and fun!
8. Who is your idol?
Gabby Douglas because she ahs worked so hard to be a great gymnast and is now making a successful comeback.
9. How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
Gymnastics has taught me excellent time management skills and how to be responsible and accountable for everything I do.
10. If you had to select one life lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
Work smart and hard, and it will pay off.
11. What grade are you in and where do you go to school?
6th Grade – Pine Lake Preparatory
12. Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
I think so, but that’s a long time away though.
13. What are your favorite subjects?
14. If you plan to go to college, what do you want to study there?
I will go to college, but I have not decided on a field of study because I have so much to learn in middle school right now.
15. What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
My goal is to be a leader and a role model at whatever I choose to do in life.
16. When you are not in the gym, how do you spend your time? Hobbies or favorite activities?
I enjoy spending time playing with my brother and sister and doing fun activities with them.
17. What is your favorite food?
18. Favorite movie?
19. Favorite music group?
20. Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
Yes, but I will not share them with anyone. 🙂
21. If you had to pick three words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what would they be?
Determined, focused and powerful.
22. If you had to pick three words to describe yourself not as a gymnast, what would they be?
Funny, talkative and happy.