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Our next 20 Questions athlete has made an impact not only at Legacy Elite, but also in Region 5. She has competed successfully at JO Nationals & The Nastia Liukin Cup, in the fall Maddie will embark on the next chapter of her life as a student athlete at Michigan State University, where she will be an asset on many events including her favorite the Uneven Bars. Lets get to know Legacy Elite’s Madison McHale a little better as she begins her last competitive year as a Region 5 JO Athlete.
How did you get into Gymnastics? How old were you? I was two years old when I
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is the challenge it brings every day. You can never settle in this sport. There is always something new to learn or improve upon.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? My favorite meet to compete at is JO Nationals because I love being with all of the girls and getting to meet new people. I also love the team atmosphere it brings since everyone is representing Region 5 and wants to do their best for the region.
Favorite skill to train and/or compete? My favorite skill to train is full ins on floor.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a shaposh on bars.
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I admire Kerri Strug because she is the perfect example of determination and showing that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
What is your all time favorite leotard? There are so many to chose from. I’d have to say my favorite leo is a pink and green Adidas one I got when I was around 10 years old. My teammate and I would match on occasion and we would call it the “watermelon” leo.
What were the first Olympic Games you remember watching? The first Olympic Games I remember watching was in 2004.
What do you want to be when you grow up? When I grow up, I want to become a general manager for Marriott International.
What is your favorite color? My favorite color is pink.
If you weren’t a gymnast what sport do you think you would try? I would try track because running in my opinion helps clear the mind and can be calming.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live? If I could live anywhere in the world, I would live in Hawaii because it is warm year round, the sunsets are incredible, and so are the beaches.
If you could have lunch with anyone dead or alive who would it be and why? I would love to have lunch with all of my future college teammates because we don’t get to see each other very often as we all live in different places and there is never a dull moment when I am with them.
Tell me something interesting about yourself….. Something interesting about myself is that I was born premature weighing 2 lbs 2 ounces.
Madison’s 9.575 Bar Routine from the 2016 JO Nationals