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2019 JO Nationals Newbie: Hailey Klein (Flips)

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Name: Hailey Klein 

Gym: Flips

Age Group: Junior B

Graduation: 2023

Favorite Quote: “Hard days are the best because that’s when Champions are made. If you can push through the hard days, then you can get through anything” (Gabi Douglas)

Favorite Food: Rice with Soy Sauce

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Type of Music: Country

Favorite Superhero: Supergirl

 

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Tell us about your experience competing at level 10 regionals in 2019, compared this experience to past Regionals or Level 9 Regionals if this was your first year of 10. I felt level 10 Regionals  were a bigger deal to me, then when I competed at level 9 Regionals.  Each gymnast in my group was very supportive to  everyone,  even though we just all met that session. I think we all know the hard work that we have to put in to be a level 10 gymnast.

Talk about moving into level 10, the challenges you have faced and the success you have had over the last year.  First, going  into level 10 the difficulty in skill increased.  At the beginning of  working level 10 skills, it felt like the skill wasn’t going anywhere. After patience and hard  work, the skill clicked. My successes over the year have been winning more competitions, while qualifying for level 10 nationals. At level 10, I beat my previous record on beam and got a  9.675.

What are you most looking forward to about nationals?I am looking forward to bonding with my new teammates at Nationals.

How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage?It is a little nerve-racking as well as exciting representing Region 5 in Nationals. It is a big step in my gymnastics career.

What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? My most memorable moment besides qualifying for Nationals at level 10, was getting a 38 all around score at my level 7 state meet.  This made me realize that all my hard work was beginning to show.

What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? The most powerful piece of advice I have been given in gymnastics is you have to have patience, keep working hard, and take it one skill at a time.  This advice has impacted my gymnastics by learning not to rush through my routines during competitions

Tell me something interesting about yourself special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc. I enjoy making all different kinds of slime. I am learning about business and created an instagram account where I sell my slime (crisp_apple_slimes) .  This holiday season I knitted many winter hats for friends and I also sew scrunchies for hair.  When I have extra time, I enjoy going for a run.

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