1. Name, Age, Hometown
Madison Osman, 17, Winter Park, Fla.
2. Do you have a nickname?
3. In what city do you train?
I train in Orlando, Fla., which is only about 20 minutes from Winter Park.
4. When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
When I was 2 years old, there was a tumblebus that came to my pre-school, and I would participate because I have always been pretty strong. My parents always knew I would do something that showed my strength.
5. Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
Yes! When I was just starting at my first gym, I’ll never forget when they rolled back the carpet to replace it and found a rat. Now, I think about that every time I’m out on the floor. Also, when I was first competing at Level 4, I picked a wedgie in front of the judge on the beam. Not a good idea.
6. 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’ve always wanted to compete but not at the elite level. I want to do collegiate gymnastics. Competing in college has always been the goal. I want to be the most successful gymnast I can be while getting a good education. I love the team aspect of competing.
7. What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
Monday through Friday 25.5-26 hours a week has been the standard. Sometimes, we meet on Saturday depending on how the week goes. I leave school early everyday to make practice. I take two classes online and the rest in school to complete the requirements to graduate.
8. What is your favorite event?
9. What is your favorite skill?
Full-in on the floor
10. What music do you use for your floor routine?
We have a choreographer who chooses the music and takes clips from movie soundtracks and other CD’s, so I am not 100% sure. But it is strong, powerful music.
11. Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
Nastia Liukin. I have always looked up to her and cried when I qualified for the Cup.
12. How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
I think I have matured a lot and am a lot more focused. I have become better at managing my time between school and gymnastics.
13. How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
The sport has taught me to be mentally tougher.
14. If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
To never give up. To work hard to achieve your desired goal!
15. What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
When I was second year Level 10, I won Regionals and that was a big deal! I qualified for the Nastia Liukin Cup at my first meet (and cried!). Last year at States, I received my highest score ever of 38.8 and won all-around, vault, beam and floor. Last year at Nationals, I got second in vault and seventh in the all-around in the nation.
16. What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
Junior at Winter Park High School
17. Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
Yes! I have been committed to the Univ. of Michigan for a year.
18. What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
Science and Spanish
19. If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
I want to stay involved with athletes so I am going to pursue sports management.
20. What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
When I am at UM, I want to be part of a team that goes to and/or wins nationals. Would love to win something at J.O. Out of gymnastics, I want to pursue a successful career working with athletes.
21. When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
Since Disneyland and Universal are so close by, my family and I have passes, and we go there on the free weekends.
22. What is your favorite food?
23. What is your favorite movie?
Harry Potter series
24. What is your favorite book?
Harry Potter series
25. What is your favorite music group?
Singer Luke Bryan
26. Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
My Dad ran track at Wabash.
27. Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
Every night before a meet, I like to have a steak and an enchilada. My mom is my lucky charm. She was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, and I decided to devote this year of competing to her. She is doing really well!
28. 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?
A little bit of everything; country, pop, Top 40.
29. If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
Strong, Focused, Humble
30. What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
Bubbly, Kind, Sincere