Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Mabby. Mueller+Abby
Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A: I was put in it gymnastics by my mom and dad because I used to run down our hallway and try to jump over our couch! They wanted me to get my energy out!
Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
A: When I was really little. I was on the tumble track and jumped into the pit. My dad and mom were so sacred because they couldn’t see me in all the foam. They came running over but I popped up and was smiling ear to ear!
Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete at a high level? What about competition appeals to you?
A: I decided I wanted to compete when I was 7. I basically decided when I was little that I wanted to compete at a high level because I wanted to be just like the “big girls”. I love getting to show off all my routines to crowds and getting to cheer on my team!
Q: What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
A: I train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 4:00-8:30 and Saturdays from 8:00-1:00. It wasn’t a huge change for me because I loved it so much!
Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A: Jennie Laeng and Laurie Hernandez!
Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
A: I have grown so much from gymnastics! It has taught me how to manage my time wisely and how to work hard! My coaches Bryon and Charise have defiantly helped me a ton!
Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
A: Gymnastics has taught me lots! One being discipline, knowing that all my hard work in the gym and out might now show right away but will show off in the long run! Another great thing I have learned is teamwork! My team and I have pushed ourselves so we can be our best!
Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
A: I would say hard work. In the sport, you truly have to work hard for anything that you want to accomplish!
Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A: Making JO Nationals last year, and The Nastia Cup this year!!
Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A: I am a freshman at John Marshall High School.
Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
A: I like baking and spending time with friends and family.
Q: What is your favorite book?
A: Grace, Gold, Glory My leap of Faith
Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
A: My dad went to Olympics trials in rough water kayaking! My mom played college volleyball, and my brother plays competitive soccer!
Q: Do you have any competition rituals?
A: Yes, my pre-meet snack is a bagel!
Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A: Determined, powerful and fun