Our next 20 Questions Athlete is Skyla Schulte of Phenom Gymnastics in Illinois. Skyla is a 2 time JO National competitor, a JO National Team Champion and a Level 9 Eastern All-Around Champion. Skyla has the perfect mix of grace and power with the straight body lines that always impress the judges. She has big skills including a huge hindorff on bars and floating full twisting double back on floor. Skyla has a strong work ethic and a leader in her gym. However, I think the best part about Skyla is her outgoing personality. She always can crack a joke or do something that gets you smiling and that is a great quality in a leader. Skyla is one of our regions best and with a few more years with us here in Region 5, I see her bringing home a JO National Championship. Lets get to know Skyla a little better, as she heads into the summer training season and prepares for another run at the Region 5 JO National Dream Team.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? When I was little I would always do headstands and cartwheels everywhere, so my mom signed me up. Also, anything that looked like a beam I would climb on. I was 3 when I started
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars and floor
Favorite skill to train/compete I love to do full ins
Dream skill? Pike hindorf on bars, double double on floor, 1 1/2 on vault, double full in off beam
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? Gymnsatics lets me be free and let lose. I get to try new thing, feel what it’s like to fly, and let’s me be me
What college do you plan on attending? I plan on attending Michigan State University!!?
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? I love competing at nationals because it’s such a fun experience and I love how everyone is so positive and the energy is unexplainable
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? Getting a full ride scholarship to my dream school
who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? I admire my teammates and coaches because they have taught me to not only be a good gymnast but to be a good person.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider or Series? I enjoy the all access workouts
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? I don’t have a specific song I listen to before meets but I like to listen to country music and cardi b
3 things you could not live without? My friends and family, food, water
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? I would be a monkey because they can swing around on trees
5 most important or must have items in your gym bag? My grips, shorts, phone, water bottle, and ib-prophen
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? Yes, I have special meet socks I always wear and I normally wear the same hair ties.
What do you like to do outside of gymnastics? I like to hangout with my friends and family
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? I don’t really have a most embarrassing moment, but I have lots of laughs with my phenom fam
If you weren’t a gymnast what sport would you try? I would probably try dance or volleyball
Which athletes do you respect the most and why? I respect Jackie Robison because through all of the hate and discrimination he never gave up on his dream
What is the most valuable piece of a divide or wisdom your coach has given you? Take a deep breathe, you know how to do this and large and in charge like little lani
Bonus question: Tell me something interesting about yourself….My parents are Msu alumni and I’ve an MSU spartan since I could remember
Check out Skyla’s Nationals Gallery Below