Our next 20 Questions Athlete is JPAC Senior Danielle Nosek of Greenfield, Indiana. Danielle is a the Level 9 Eastern National Champion, a JO Nationals Championship qualifier and an Indiana and Region 5 Vault Champion. Her JPAC Level 10 Team has also reigned in Indiana at the State Team Champions for the last 3 years. Danielle, who is incredibly powerful especially on Vault and Floor Exercise, caught my eye in 2018 with her 9.80 vault that helped her win the title on the event. Danielle, who always had a smile on her face when I saw her on the competition floor, really seems to be loving what she is doing. She will be missed next year as she leaves Region 5 and into the college ranks to continue her gymnastics career. So, with that being said let’s get to know Danielle a little bit better as she finishes up her time with us here in Region 5 and try to qualify one last time to the JO National Championships.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is vault.
Favorite Skill to train/compete My favorite skill to train and compete is a yurchenko 1 ½.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a round-off back handspring double layout on floor.
What college do you plan on attending? Why? I plan on attending University of Arizona because I love the campus, coaches, and team.
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at is the JPAC Midwest Showdown because the atmosphere is so amazing there and so many of my friends and family come to support me.
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? Why? I admire Jaycie Phelps not only because she is an amazing coach but she was such an amazing and strong gymnast.
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? I like the All Access videos because it lets you see how other gyms train/workout.
3 Things you could not live without? 3 things that I could not live without is friends/family,my phone, and Bath and Body Works
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? I would be a sea turtle because they are the best animal ever and they are super cute.
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? 5 most important must haves in my gym bag is perfume/deodorant, hairbrush, extra hair ties,my phone, and my water bottle.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics I like to hang out with my friends, go to the movies, and shop.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? My most embarrassing meet moment was my state bar routine in 2017 and I was the last one to go on bars and one of the last ones to go in the session and i crashed on my bail.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I wasn’t a gymnast, I would do soccer like I did as a little kid.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? The most valuable piece of advise my coaches have given me to to just go out and do what you know how to do and don’t hold back.
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself…. Even though I have lived in Indiana my whole life, I am a huge Pittsburgh fan.