As Quarantine continues, especially here in Michigan, we are continuing to find ways to bring you content and features on our incredible athletes here in Region 5. Our next 20 questions athlete comes from Greek roots and a Gymnastics Family! Her mom and little sister have both been involved in the sport, they share a special connection through their floor routines. I choreographed a few of Lexi’s little sister Leah’s floor routines and I always found it super special that both girls have a dance move in their routines that their mother had in hers when she was a gymnast. I always thought that was super sweet and so much fun! Getting back to Lexi though, I have watched this young athlete for a few years now and have always loved her gymnastics, she is beautiful to watch on her favorite event the Uneven Bars as well as the Balance Beam where she exhibits beautiful presentation and sharpness. This season may have come to an early end for Lexi and her teammates, but the future is bright for this athlete and I cannot wait to see what next season holds. So, as we continue through Corona Quarantine let’s get to know Lexi Xiromeritis a little better.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? My mom put me in gymnastics because she was a gymnast and thought I would like it too, I was 2 1/2.
What is your favorite event? My favorite event is Bars
Favorite Skill to train/compete? My favorite skill to train/compete is Maloney on Bars
Dream Skill? My Dream Skill is an Aerial layout layout on high beam
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? My favorite part of Gymnastics is being part of a team and building relationships with my teammates
What college do you plan on attending? I am undecided on colleges at this time
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? My favorite meet to come at was Nationals – the atmosphere is fun and high energy, plus we compete together as a team for Region 5
Biggest accomplishment in gymnastics so far? Making it to Level 9 Nationals
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? My favorite Region 5 Insider Series is Making moves Monday
What kinds of things really make you laugh? What makes me laugh…Everything, but mostly my friends
3 Things you could not live without? I could not live without my family, my friends and Summer !!
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? If I could be any animal I would be a Monkey, because they are smart and it looks super fun to swing around by your tail.
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? The 5 most
important or must haves in my gym bag are grips, wrist guards, deodorant, chapstick and positivity!
Do you have any pre-meet rituals or superstitions? I used to have to eat spaghetti before every meet
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? Outside of Gymnastics I like to hang out with my friends
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? My most embarrassing moment would be the one time I forgot my floor routine and left my leap out and did the wrong last tumbling pass.
Do you have a nickname? If so what Is the story behind it? No, I do not have
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? Simone Biles because she looks like she is always having fun while competing, and she shows how far you can go if you put your mind to it.
Something you learned from Gymnastics that you will take with you? Gymnastics has taught me what it means to be part of a team and how you can accomplish so much more when everyone works together to motivate the team
Most Memorable Gymnastics or Nationals Moment? The pre-meet cheer at my first Level 9 Nationals made me super excited to compete and I realized how great Region 5 is and how exciting it is to compete as a high level gymnast.
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? This was a quote my coach Brett Wargo has showed us that means a lot to him, and it has also stuck with me and I wanted to share it because you can carry its meaning throughout your whole life 🙂
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself….In gymnastics, I do some skills with my right leg and some with my left.