Continuing with our coverage of the upcoming JO Nationals in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our next JO National Qualifier is a 1st time qualifier, from Euro Stars Gymnastics in Plymouth Michigan, Ella Chemotti. Ella is a very talented 2nd year Level 10 who excels all over the gym, but especially on the balance beam. Ella has won numerous titles on the balance beam including the 2017 & 2018 Michigan State Balance Beam Title. Ella, who caught my eye last year has really upped her game for this season and has improved and upgraded all over the gym. I knew that this year was going to be her year, and that she would definitely being earning her spot on the 2018 Region 5 Dream Team. Ella is a very young athlete who is already doing tremendous things, I cannot wait to see what the future holds for her, she is definitely going to be one of the top athletes to keep an eye on in Region 5 for the next few years. As Ella and her coaches prepare for the JO Nationals in two weeks, lets get to know Ella a little better as she embarks on her 1st JO National Championships.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old. My sister was in gymnastics and I would try to do everything she was doing so my mom put me in it too.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is beam.
Favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is my double layout off bars and my favorite skill to compete is my back handspring layout on beam.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a double lay full out off bars.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is the feeling I get after I have a great meet and meeting other gymnasts.
What college do you plan on attending? I am undecided on which college I am attending.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meets are fly meets because I like to travel.
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishments in gymnastics so far has been winning level 9 regionals and qualifying to level 10 JO Nationals.
Who do you admire the most in he sport of gymnastics? The person I most admire in the sport of gymnastics is my coach, Anna Genrich.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite region 5 insider series is the OMG moments.
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? My go to song is “lose yourself”, by Eminem.
3 things you could not live without? The three things I could not live without are my baby blanket, my family and my phone.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? The animal I would choose to be is a dog because they get tons of love and attention and pretty much sleep all day.
5 Most Important or Must have items in your gym bag? My 5 most important items in my gym bag are my chapstick, my lucky elephant, my grips, my baby blanket and my lucky socks.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? Some pre-meet rituals I have is that I eat spaghetti the night before every meet and I pick out what my coach is going to wear.
What do you like to do outside of gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics I like to hang out with friends and organize.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? My most embarrassing gymnastics meet moment is level 9 Nationals when I missed my springboard mount to the high bar.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I weren’t a gymnast I’d like to try diving but I’d have to plug my nose when I hit the water.
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? The athlete I respect the most is Maggie Nichols because she is an amazing gymnast and role model and always looks like she is having fun.
Most memorable gymnastics or JO Nationals moment? My most memorable gymnastics moment is winning vault, beam and All-around at level 9 Regionals.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? The most valuable piece of advice my coach has given to me is to “keep that fire!” No matter the good, bad, or amazing days to keep my spark of motivation, believe in myself and to do gymnastics for me.
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself…….. I am terrified of needles and stink bugs.