Do you have a nickname? Bell
When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics? I had my fifth birthday party at ASI Gymnastics and I decided I wanted to become a gymnast.
Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes? I have seen a few videos of rec classes, but I was too young to remember much.
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? I started competing a year after I began classes, but I don’t remember deciding to compete. I just remember competing. It seemed like another step in the process. What appealed to me about competition was winning. I used to love waiting for them to call my name and hoping I would get a medal.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is vault.
What is your favorite skill? My favorite skill is front layout-front layout on floor.
What music do you use for your floor routine? All my routines have had very different music, so I don’t really have a certain style.
Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”? Aly Raismen and Simone Biles are my role models but not because of their success but because of their amazing personalities are caring spirits.
How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally? I have learned that being mentally strong is something that takes work just like being physically strong. I think once you wrap your brain around skill then the physical part is a lot easier.
How has gymnastics helped you as a person? I think gymnastics has helped me build accountability and self-motivation.
If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be? One lesson gymnasts has taught me would be that every day is a new day. You can start over and chose to either continue the way you have been going or change your life for the better.
What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career? My best memory was making my bar routine at JO nationals. I have struggled a lot with fear issues and had many setbacks so that moment let me see all my work paying off.
What grade are you in school? I am in ninth grade.
Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics? Yes
What are your favorite subjects, etc.? Health is one of my favorite subjects.
If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there? I haven’t decided yet.
What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing? My goal as an athlete is to get a college scholarship at a school that offers good academics. My goal for after competition is to have a successful career.
When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities? When I am not at the gym I am normally doing school work. My favorite activities are baking and watching Netflix. I also go to a youth group at my church and we volunteer sometimes.
What is your favorite food? My favorite food is chicken.
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is The Help.
What is your favorite book? My favorite book series is the Lunar chronicles.
Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports? My Mom and my older sister are former gymnasts. My older sister is also a former power tumbler, soccer player, basketball player, volleyball player, softball player, and karate student. My youngest sister is a current gymnast.
Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms? Not really. I think those would make me more nervous especially if I forgot to do one of them.
If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they? Determined, focused, powerful