Even though meet season has ended Region 5 Insiders coverage has not! Break Time is over and our 20 Questions Series is back to bring you Gymnastics joy outside of the gym, while everyone is waiting to get back inside the gym. Our first 20 Questions Athlete is a graduating senior from CGA, who will continue her Gymnastics in the fall at Penn State University. For these graduating athletes the end to their JO Gymnastics & High School careers did not go as planned, but let’s get to know Maggie a little better as she looks to the future and the next chapter.
1. How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I got into gymnastics at 2 years old when my sister was taking classes and I couldn’t sit still and watch. I always wanted to do what the “big girls” were doing
2. What is your favorite event? My favorite event is bars. I love the feeling of swinging and flying through the air
3. What is your favorite skill to train/compete? My favorite skill is my gainer double full off beam because not many people do it and I think it looks really cool
4. What is your Dream Skill? My dream skill would be a par full on bars
5. What is your favorite part of Gymnastics? My favorite part of gymnastics is that feeling you get after you finally achieve your goals you’ve been working so hard for.
6. What college do you plan on attending? I plan on attending Penn State University in 2020. WE ARE…..
7. What is your favorite meet to compete at? why? My favorite meet to compete at is Coaches Spectacular because it is our home meet and all of our friends and family come to support us
8. What is your Biggest accomplishment in Gymnastics so far? My biggest accomplishment is gymnastics so far is signing my NLI to compete in collegiate gymnastics.
9. What is your favorite Region 5 series or feature? My favorite Region 5 Insider series is “Making Moves Monday” because I love seeing all the new skills everyone is learning around the Region
10. What kinds of things really make you laugh? My Teammates never fail to make me laugh and a good fail video, gymnastics or not, gets me every time
11. 3 Things you could not live without? I could not live without my phone, a microwave and iced coffee
12. If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would be a kangaroos because they’re super bouncy and they have a handy pouch
13. 5 Most important or Must have items in your gym bag? The most important items in my gym bag are my grips, tiger paws, a back up pair of grips, spray deodorant and lots of rolls of tape.
14. Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I always do my hair before my make-up but I do different hair and make-up every meet.
15. What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of gymnastics I like to spend time with my family and friends and sing to super loud music in the car with my sister
16. Most embarrassing meet or gymnastics moment? I think I’ve had too many to count….but the most embarrassing moment would be when at the first meet of the year when I went backwards on my beam mount and fell off, then had to still do the whole beam routine after (check it out in the “Best OMG Moments of 2018 video or on my IG ;))
17. Do you have a nickname? if so what is the story behind it? Yes! everyone at the gym calls me Marge or Margie, because my full name is Marguerite and no one really knows hot to say it so they just stope at Marge. At first I didn’t really like it but it kind of grew on me.
18. Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? I respect Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, because he just love the game, he plays to win until the clock runs out and doesn’t stop a second before.
19. Something you learned from Gymnastics that you will take with you? Something that I learned from gymnastics that will stay with me forever is the value of hard work, there will be more talented or gifted people than you, but if you work your absolute hardest, it will pay off when it matters most.
20. Most memorable Gymnastics or JO Nationals Moment? My most memorable gymnastics moment would be qualifying to JO Nationals for the first time, it was the best feeling and an experience I will never forget.
21. What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom you coach has given you? The best piece of advice a coach has given me is the power of self talk and what you think about you bring about. Don’t think about what you don’t want to happen, think about what you do want to happen, because your brain can only hold on thought at a time so fill it with strength, confidence and postivity.
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself……. I am doing two years of high school in one so I can go to college a year earlier than I was suppose to.