ABOUT Michaela Nelson

2014

Michaela Nelson

Hometown:
Montgomery Village, Maryland

Age:
16

Gym:
Hill's Gymnastics
Gaithersburg, Maryland

Qualifying Meet:
Parkettes Invitational

            Bio

Q: Do you have a nickname?
“Nellie.”

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
“I started with ‘Mommy and Me’ classes in 2001.”

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
“Not really!”

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete?
“2006.”

Q: What about competition appeals to you?
“It is a chance to show everyone how hard you’ve worked and prepared.”

Q: What is your training regimen?
“I do a split-shift schedule. I practice five times a week in the morning and four times a week in the afternoon. I switched to this schedule after my year competing at Level 4.”

Q: What is your favorite event?
“Uneven Bars.”

Q: What is your favorite skill?
“Pak salto.”

Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
“It’s a song called ‘Baghdad’.”

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
“Courtney Kupets.”

Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
“I’m one of those gymnasts that gets nervous a lot, whether it’s before a meet or trying a new skill. But over the last couple years, I’ve become more confident in myself and learned that being nervous doesn’t help anything.”

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
“It’s helped me realize that if you want something you have to work for it and commit to it. It’s not going to come on its own.”

Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
“If things aren’t going well or you have a setback, don’t focus on the problem. Focus on what you can control and what you can do to move forward.”

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
“At Level 9 Easterns in 2012, I came in first place on Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor, and All-Around. I was also chosen to be the floor demonstrator for the 2013 Compulsory Routines.”

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

Q: What are your favorite subjects in school?
“World History.”

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
“I’m not sure yet.”

Q: What are your goals for the future?
“My goal is to get a Division-I scholarship and compete in collegiate gymnastics.”

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

Q: What is your favorite food?
“Chicken Alfredo.”

Q: What is your favorite movie?
“Captain America.”

Q: What is your favorite book?
“The Blind Side.”

Q: Who is your favorite music group/artist?
“I don’t really have a favorite.”

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
“No, not really.”

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
“No. I just try to relax.”

Q: What’s on your IPod right now? What type of music do you enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up?
“I listen to pop or rap to get me energized.”

Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
“Confident, graceful, precise.”

Q: What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
“Friendly, funny, thoughtful.”