Our next 20 questions athlete is UGA Level 10 Kadyn Fitzgibbon. Kadyn qualified to JO Nationals back in 2016 in her first year of level 10. Kadyn is a team leader for her UGA team on and off the competition floor. Last season, Kadyn started off with a bang but an early season illness derailed her momentum. She has been rolling this season upgrading her gymnastics including a new yurchenko 1 1/2. Kadyn has powerful gymnastics mixed with the presentation and show quality needed to stand out. Kadyn, who is a freshman in high school, has a few more years left with us here in Region 5. Let’s get to know Kaydn a little bit better as she makes her way towards postseason and the road to JO Nationals.
How did you get into gymnastics? How old were you? I was a very active toddler and my mom signed me up for tumbling classes when I was 3 years old. The coach told my mom I was super coordinated and was excelling in tumbling and recommended that my mom put me in gymnastics classes at UGA with Kevin and Glen.
What is your favorite event? Floor.
Favorite Skill to train/compete? I would have to say it’s between my yurchenko 1 ½, full in pike out, or my tkachev.
Dream Skill? Double layout on floor and yurchenko double.
What is your favorite part of gymnastics? I love when the team puts in so much hard work everyday through the summer work outs and it all starts clicking. We all start getting our new skills and you can feel the excitement and payoff from our dedication.
What college do you plan on attending? UNIVERSITY OF IOWA-GOHAWKEYES!!
What is your favorite meet to compete at? Why? The UGA home meet for sure! There is always a big crowd that brings so much energy. I love competing in front of all my family and friends.
Who do you most admire in the sport of gymnastics? Simone Biles. Things didn’t always come easy to her. Many see her successes but don’t realize the amount of work that was done behind gym doors. Hard work always pays off!
What is your favorite Region 5 Insider Feature or Series? All Access. I like seeing different drills and training atmospheres.
3 Things you could not live without? Family, music, and avocados.
If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why? a Dolphin. They are smart, close with family, graceful to watch, help other sea creatures who are in trouble, look out for their friends, and yet are super playful.
5 Most Important or Must have Items in your gym bag? Grips, Wrist Guards, pre-wrap, tape, tough skin.
What do you like to do outside of Gymnastics? I love snowmobling and outdoor sports especially water sports like wake boarding and wake surfing.
Most embarrassing meet moment or gymnastics moment? As my teammates and coaches can contest, I sometimes get so deep in my training, my common sense is left behind which leads to some pretty funny conversations.
If you weren’t a gymnast, what sport would you do or try? Volleyball or track.
Which athletes (any sport) do you respect the most and why? J.J. Watt. 110%. He is extremely humble with all his successes and still wakes up everyday trying to be better than he was the day before on and off the football field. He was able to earn the 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his volunteer and charity work after Hurricane Harvey in Texas. He took his injured season and instead of dwelling on not being able to play football, he used his gifts for charity work. I’d love to meet him one day!
What is the most valuable piece of advice or wisdom your coach has given you? “One skill at a time.”
Bonus Question: Tell me something interesting about yourself…. I have one 11 year old brother, Brad, football is my second favorite sport, and I can only wink with my right eye.