Continuing with our coverage of our Level 9 Eastern National Champions our next 20 Questions Athlete is Jenna Hartley of Dreams Gymnastics (Illinois). Jenna is the 2019 Senior 8 All-Around Champion, she also picked up a National Title on the Balance Beam and two more top 3 finished in the Floor and Vault. Jenna’s Seniors 8 team also finished out the National Championships with a first place team finish and were on hand to accept the 2019 Level 9 Super Team Title! Jenna who not only excels in club gymnastics at Dreams in Illinois she is also part of her High Schools Gymnastics Team. Let’s get to know Jenna a little better as she finishes heads into her last season with Dreams as a Level 10.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is the Vault
Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train/compete is double backs on floor.
Dream Skill? My dream skill is a Counter Kim on bars
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is the friendships I’ve made throughout all the years. And all the life lessons it has taught me (in #8)
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to compete at is Illinois High School State because it is a super fun atmosphere and it’s all about the team.
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? The important life lessons it teaches you- hard work, determinition, conquering fears, time management, being a team player
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? I am Not sure what my favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series is, they are all great
What is your go to playlist or song before meets? Depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I’ll listen to rap and pump up songs to get me fired up but sometimes I listen to chill songs to keep me relaxed.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would be a dog- they are so loving and always there for you
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? The most important or must have item in my gym bag is Aquaphor
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? Yes! I always have to put my right grip on first and then my left
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? The most embarrassing meet or gymnastics moment is that I’ve peed my pants during floor routines
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? If I was not a gymnast I would try Soccer. I used to play it for awhile
Most Memorable Gymnastics or JO Nationals Moment? My most memorable gymnastics or nationals moment would be winning Nationals
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? The most valuable piece of wisdom or advice my coach has given me is that Weird is good.