To continue our coverage of the Championships Season and prepare for JO Nationals at the end of this week, lets continue our 20 Questions Feature with 2018 Nastia Liukin Cup Junior Runner-up and 2018 JO National Qualifier Jacey Vore of Jaycie Phelps Athletic Center (JPAC) in Greenfield, Indiana. Jacey, who is a 2nd year level 10 Qualified to her first Nastia Cup competition is 2017 finishing 12th, she improved on that finish is 2018 but taking 2nd place in the junior competition along side two of her Region 5 Teammates. Jacey also qualified to her first JO Nationals in 2017 as the 1st Alternate. Jacey, who shares the same first name as her Olympic Coach, makes her gymnastics look effortless. Vore who has upgraded all around the gym is a true All-Around gymnast, she does not have a weak event and she is always seen with a smile on her face while competing. Jacey, who has an incredible connection with her coaches and her team, has been training at JPAC since they first opened their doors in 2010. Lets get to know Jacey Vore a little better as she prepares to take on the best Level 10 Gymnasts in the country this weekend at the 2018 JO National Champions.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? When I was about two years old my brother had a birthday party at a gym and I fell I love! Also, I had constant energy
What is your favorite event? My favorite event to compete is floor because I love performing, but my favorite event to train is beam because it makes me feel like I’m on top of the world!
Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train/compete is Side aerial on beam
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a Double Arabian on floor
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? I love competing, and I love that there is always a challenge in gymnastics; you can always get better. I also will forever cherish the relationships I’ve made through the sport!
What college do you plan on attending? I am currently undecided as to where I am going to continue my academic and athletic career.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at, so far, is the Nastia Liukin Cup! It’s such an honor to be able to compete there, and the whole experience is so cool. I also love our JPAC meet because it’s such a good atmosphere!
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I really look up to Aly Raisman because she is such a strong athlete and person. She seems like such a fun person to be around and is always so positive!
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? I like to watch the All Access Videos because it’s cool to see inside other gyms.
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? Before meets I usually just listen to the radio because that’s exactly what I do before practice.
3 Things you could not live without? My friends/family, my phone, and food!!
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? My grips, snacks, hair ties, a water bottle, and my phone.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I usually just have to eat a good meal before a meet and use the same hair ties at every competition.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? Nothing too embarrassing has happen yet(knock on wood!), but I sure say a couple silly things on a daily basis in the gym.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I wasn’t a gymnast, I would try volleyball or diving because they both look super fun!
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I truly look up to any hard-working athlete because it is such a commitment to be dedicated to school and your sport. However, I specifically look up to the Paralympic athletes because they are so inspiring, and have worked through so many hardships in their lives.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? My coaches have given me so many valuable pieces of advice, but I think the one that sticks with me the most is that if I put the work in at the gym, then I can just perform my best and have fun at competition.Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself…. I’ve lived in Indiana all my life, but I HATE the cold!!