Our next 20 Questions athlete is Legacy’s Elaina McGovern. Elaina is a 4th year Level 10 qualified to her 2nd JO National Championships in 2018, in 2017 she was an alternate. Elaina, who excels at the Uneven Bars is the reigning Kentucky State Bar Champion, has a fun bubbly personalities and she a joy to watch on the competition floor. McGovern is a sophomore in High School, her ultimate goals in gymnastics are to return to the JO National Championships & obtain a college scholarship, which I am sure she will have no trouble doing both McGovern is a very talented young athlete. Let’s get to know Elaina a little bit better and she continues through her season on the road to the ultimate destination……JO NATIONALS.
How did you get into the sport of Gymnastics? How old were you? I got into gymnastics when I was 2 because a coworker of my mom’s said I should try it out.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars.
What is your favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train is a rudi layout step out, and my favorite skill to compete is a full out dismount on bars.
What is your dream skill? My dream skill is double double off bars.
What is your favorite part of Gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is being around my teammates all the time, because we always encourage each other.
If committed what college will you be attending and why? I haven’t decided what college I’m attending yet, but I want to go to a school with strong academics and a gymnastics program.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at is Elevate the Stage because I love competing on podium.
What is your biggest accomplishment in Gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment so far is getting to represent Region 5 at Nationals.
Who do you admire in the sport of Gymnastics? Someone I look up to is Makarri Dogette because she is such a great gymnast and I love her floor routines.
What is your favorite Region 5 Series or Feature? My favorite Region 5 feature is All Access because I love seeing how people around our region train.
What is your go-to playlist or song before meets? My go-to playlist is my meet playlist, which has a lot of songs that get me excited to compete.
What are 3 things you could not live without? 3 things I couldn’t live without are fuzzy blankets, chapstick and milk.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal, I would be a corgi because they’re adorable and strong-willed.
5 most important or must have items in your gym bag? My must-have items in my bag are my grips, tiger paws, chapstick, snacks and tape.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? My pre-meet rituals are to eat pasta and listen to music.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics, I like to hang out with my friends, read, and play the ukulele.
What is your most embarrassing Gymnastics or meet moment? My most embarrassing moment was at the show down of the CGA meet. I slid off the beam on my series, and completely forgot what I was doing. I forgot my entire routine and had to make up dance.
If you weren’t a Gymnast what sport would you do or try? If I weren’t a gymnast, I would probably dive because I did it when I was little, and it’s really similar to gymnastics.
What are you most looking forward to this season? This season, I am looking forward to competing with my team and getting to travel.
What is the best advice or word of wisdom you have received from you coach(es)The best advice I’ve gotten is to take everything one step at a time, and don’t get ahead of myself.