Our next 20 Questions athlete is Megan Teter of Gym World. Megan caught my eye last season with her high flying bars, entertaining beam and exceptional floor! Megan, who has competed at the JO Nationals has plans for college gymnastics on the future and more trips to the National Championships. Let’s get to know Megan a bit better as she makes her way towards post season and a run at qualifying to another National championships.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I first got into gymnastics when I was about 3 years old. My sister was receiving treatment for Perthes Disease (hip condition) and my mom would drag me to all of her appointments. There was a small gymnastics place across the street from the hospital, so my mom took me to the gym to keep me busy during my sisters visits. I ended up loving gymnastics and continued the sport from that point on.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars
Dream Skill? My dream skill would be to do a double layout on floor.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? The best part about gymnastics is all the things it teaches you. In gymnastics you learn goal setting, discipline, time management, how to be a team player/leader, and how to overcome fears. All of these lessons can be applied to real life
What college do you plan on attending? Ball State University
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? The Circle of Stars meet because I love going to Indianapolis
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? The biggest accomplishment for me is receiving a full athletic scholarship to Ball State
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I admire the amount of hard work and dedication that gymnasts put into this sport. It takes a lot of determination and perseverance in order to compete in high level gymnastics.
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? I always listen to rap or fast paced songs before meets to help pump me up.
3 Things you could not live without? Three things I couldn’t live without: 1.Family and friends 2. My cat 3. Peanut butter
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I was an animal, I would be a cat so that I could have more time to sleep, since that’s all cats do.
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? Yes! I always have to wear the same socks to every meet. Also I can never use the same hair ties/ bobby pins for my hair from a previous meet they have to be new.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? When I am not at the gym, I like to spend time with friends or watching Netflix. In the summer I enjoy going to pool and being outdoors after practice.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? Something embarrassing that I’ve done at a meet is when I was in level 4 I forgot the beam routine. My coaches tried to help me remember by doing the possess on the sidelines
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? I would like to try track or soccer. Also I would like to learn how to play a musical instrument like the piano
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I have a ton of respect for ice skaters. Like gymnastics their sport requires power and grace. Also they need an immense amount of strength and cardio to perform their routines with last several minutes.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten from a coach would be: You can’t control how certain things happen, but you can control one thing, your attitude and how you react to a situation.
Tell me something interesting about yourself…. Something interesting about myself is that my favorite subject in school is science. I love biology, chemistry, and astronomy.