Our next 20 questions athlete is quiet, but powerful, her gymnastics speaks louder than words. Olivia Amodei of Hunts Gymnastics in Chesterfield, Michigan first caught my eye as a Level 9 athlete she was so tiny but so strong and confident. Olivia, who is in her 2nd year of Level 10 qualified to her first JO National Championships, this past season, where she performed brilliantly contributing to her team helping them capture the 2018 Senior C JO National Team Title, not bad for your first time at the big show. Let’s get to know Olivia, who is in her final year with us here in Region 5, a little bit better as she begins her Senior season and looks for one more JO Nationals opportunity before heading off to college.
How did you get into the sport of Gymnastics? How old were you? My mom put me in gymnastics when I was 3 because I was always climbing on things and jumping around.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars.
What is your favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill is tkachev.
What is your dream skill? My dream skill is a ray
What college do you plan on attending? I plan on attending Kent State University
What is your favorite meet to compete at? My favorite meet Born To Fly because my friends and family come.
What is your biggest accomplishment in Gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment is making it to level 10 nationals.
Who do you admire most in the sport of Gymnastics and why? My coach, Shannon Hunt, because she has taught me many things in life and in gymnastics.
What is your favorite Region 5 Series or Feature? I like the region 5 all access.
What is your go to playlist or song before a competition? I usually listen to some kind of country music.
What are 3 things you could not live without? I could not live with out my family and friends, my dog and my phone
If you could be any animal what animal would you be and why? I would be a monkey because they have a lot of fun.
What are the 5 most important things in your gym bag? Water bottle, wrist guards, grips, tape, shorts.
Do you have any rituals or superstitions before competitions? I eat pasta the day before a meet.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? I like to go camping and go fishing.
What is your most embarrassing Meet or Gymnastics moment? When I was a level 4 I missed my hands on a front handspring and flew over the table on vault.
If you were not a Gymnast, what sport would you do or try? I would try softball.
What athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? Shawn Johnson because she is a good role model and she showed that through hard work and dedication anyone can achieve their dreams.
What is the best advice or words of wisdom your coach(s) have given you? My coach tells me to trust my gymnastics and focus on my skills.
Check out Olivia’s JO Nationals Gallery Below