ABOUT Akoray Subject

2016

Akoray Subject

Hometown:
Plymouth, Minnesota

Age:
15

Gym:
Twin City Twisters
Champlin, Minnesota

Qualifying Meet:
Tampa Bay Turners Invitational

            Bio

Nickname: AK

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A:
I started gymnastics when I was 2 years old because I couldn’t stop moving and jumping off things.

Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
A:
When I was two, my gymnastics coach let me do front tucks off a windowsill into the pit because I asked and he said yes.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete on the elite level?
A:
As soon as I knew what competition was, I couldn’t wait to get out there! Ever since I was on the pre-team at age 4, I knew I wanted to be one of the best and become a Level 10 gymnast.

Q: What about competition appeals to you?
A:
I love competition because you get to go out and show people all of your skills you have been working so hard on in the gym.

Q: What is your training regimen?
A:
I train about 24 hours a week. It wasn’t that big of a change for me because I have always been on the competitive track.

Q: What is your favorite event?
A:
Bars and floor

Q: What is your favorite skill?
A:
Either my Shaposh or a double layout dismount on bars.

Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
A:
A mix of the song “Bom Bom” by Sam and the Womp put together by Eric Larson from Wolfjump Floor Music.

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A:
Simone Biles

Q: How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
A:
I have grown a lot, both physically and mentally, during my gymnastics career. Gymnastics is a sport that I believe helps build character and teaches you so many valuable lessons.

Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
A:
Gymnastics has taught me how to be a leader, work hard, succeed and never give up.

Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
A:
Keep trying and never give up, a skill may take a year to learn, but eventually you will get there. If you work hard and never give up, you will achieve your goals.

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A:
My biggest accomplishments in my gymnastics career so far are making it to Junior Olympic Nationals, qualifying to the Nastia Liukin Cup and verbally committing to the University of Denver.

Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A:
I am a freshman at Wayzata High School.

Q: Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics and or are you committed?
A:
I would love to compete in college, and I’m currently verbally committed to the University of Denver.

Q: What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
A:
My favorite school subjects are Math and Science.

Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
A:
I want to study biology/pre-med. I want to become an orthopedic surgeon and help athletes recover.

Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
A:
My biggest goal for my J.O. career is to win the all-around at J.O. Nationals. When I go to college, I want to win NCAA Nationals with my team and make history at the University of Denver. After I’m done competing, I want to be an Orthopedic Surgeon.

Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time?
A:
When I’m not in the gym I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love shopping and going to the movies with my friends.

Q: What is your favorite food?
A:
My favorite food is sushi.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A:
My favorite movies are Miracle, Rudy, Blended and the Blind Side.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A:
My favorite books are “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons,” both written by Dan Brown.

Q: What is your favorite music group?
A:
My favorite music group is Maroon 5.

Q: Are any of your family members current or former athletes?
A:
My mom was a gymnast in high school, my dad played football and baseball in high school and my younger brother, Will, plays hockey, lacrosse, and football.

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A:
I like to go to Starbucks and get a Chai Tea latte with Coconut milk for a little extra boost of energy.

Q: 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:
I enjoy listening to all types of music, but my favorite genres are country and pop.

Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A:
Competitive, committed and determined.

Q: What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
A:
Energetic, lively and fun.