Our next 20 questions athlete was literally born with gymnastics in her blood. Savannah Miller of Oakland Gymnastics in Michigan comes from a gymnastics family with both mom and dad being former gymnasts, both competing at the college level. Savannah tumbled into the gym even before she could walk. Savannah and her sister MacKenzie, who is a gymnast at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, both trained their entire gymnastics careers at their parents gym in Commerce Twp, Michigan together. Savannah, who first went down the Elite path, qualified to the 2014 Hopes Championships as well as to 2 JO National Championships as a level 10. Savannah has grown up as a talented young gymnast right in front of our eyes here in Michigan, she is lovely to watch on the uneven bars and shows true maturity on the floor exercise. Savannah will be entering into her freshman year of high school this year, so we will have a few more years with this talented young athlete who I am sure will be a major player in Region 5 for the next few years. Lets get to know Vannah a little bit better as she looks towards the upcoming season and making a run at a 3rd straight JO Nationals.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I got involved ingymnastics through my parents, who were club and college gymnasts themselves, and who were both coaching when I was young. I was three years old when I started the sport.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars.
Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is a Ray on bars.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a Maloney 1/2.
What college do you plan on attending? I am currently undecided on what college I will be attending.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at is JO Nationals, because the entire Region 5 experience is incredible! I love hanging with my Region 5 teammates! I love the energy at the competition! I love having the opportunity to represent the BEST region in the country! R5 Pride!
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment in gymnastics, so far, is qualifyingto the Secret Classic in 2014, in the Hopes division.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite Region 5 Feature/Series is Coaches Wired. Check out the coaches wired with her mom Ruth and Savannah on beam at JO Nationals in 2018
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? My favorite song to listen to before competitions is No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande.
3 Things you could not live without? Three things I couldn’t live without are my family, gymnastics and my dogs!
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? The five must haves that I keep in my gym bag are tape, extra hair ties, band-aids, tiger balm, and chapstick.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I have to listen to music before every meet.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? In my free time, I like to paint and draw.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? My most embarrassing moment was when I started crying before my beam routine, at a big invitational, when I was a Level 3, because I was very nervous. My coach had to talk to the judges and ask if I could have a minute to get it together. After a few words of encouragement and a big hug, I was ready to go.
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I respect Maggie Nichols because she is full of talent and more importantly, integrity!
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself…. Something interesting about myself is that I love art!
Check out Savannah’s JO Nationals Gallery Below