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20 Questions with Eastern National Champion Olyvia Galton (Grand Traverse Bay)

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We will be continuing our coverage of our Level 9 Eastern National Champions. Next up in our 20 Questions series is 2019 Eastern National Senior 6 All-Around & Floor Exercise Champion Olyvia Galton of Grand Traverse Bay, in Traverse City Michigan. Olyvia, who as a first year Level 9, took the Championship Season by storm placing 1st at the 2019 Region 5 Championships to earn a spot on the Level 9 Eastern Nationals Dream Team. Olyvia took her unique Beam skill all the way to Florida where is captured the National Title in both the All-Around and Floor. Grand Traverse Bay has a history of producing great National Floor Champions. Olyvia is a really unique gymnast, what I love most about this athlete is her unique Beam skills. In true GTB Style Olyvia competes a Shushanova on the Beam as well and a round off back layout stepout. This coming season Olyvia is moving into the Level 10 ranks and for me will definitely be “one to watch” especially on the Balance Beam and the Vault (Tsuck Tuck Full). Let’s get to know Olyvia a little better as she heads into her first Level 10 season on her way to trying to make her first Level 10 Dream Team. 

How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I started doing mommy and me classes and I wanted to try it, I was seven and a half years old when I started

What is your favorite event? My favorite event is Bars

Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is my jaeger, I love to compete my beam series

Dream Skill? My dream skill is Double lays

What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of Gymnastics is accomplishing goals and making new friends

What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at is Gymnastics On The Grand Because they make everything so much fun and I love having the opportunity to qualify for the second day

Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far is Winning Eastern Nationals my first time qualifying as a first year level 9

Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? In the sport of Gymnastics I admire My Coach Jennifer Van Deinse

What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite Region 5 Series or Feature is Making Moves Monday

What is your go to playlist or song before meets? Any Sam Smith song is my go-to song before meets. 

3 Things you could not live without? 3 things I couldn’t live without would be my Family, Friends, And Gymnastics

If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would be a Rabbit because unknown to most they are actually confident and strong and they always move towards their goals.

5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? The 5 Most important or Must have items in my gym bag are water, Grips, Wristgaurds, food, and hair ties

Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I pray

What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of Gymnastics I like to workout and hangout with friends

Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? One time I was doing a round off backhand spring on low beam, my foot completely missed and I still decided to go for it, then my hands slipped and I landed on my head/neck

If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I wasn’t a gymnast I would try Figure skating because I like to do tricks

How does it feel to be a Level 9 Eastern National Champion? To be the 2019 Level 9 Eastern National Champion, tt feels amazing and I still can’t believe it.

Most Memorable Gymnastics or JO Nationals Moment? My national beam routine because it was the best routine I have ever competed

What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? At Eastern Nationals my coach said “ you’ve trained hard for this moment and now you are here, so go have fun”


Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself….
When I say I’m going to do something I always do it

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