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JO National Newbies: Lia Kmieciak, Phenom

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Name: Lia Kmieciak

Gym: Phenom

Age Group: Junior E

Graduation: Class of 2021

Favorite Quote:“I never lose. I either win or I learn.” – Nelson Mandela

Favorite Music: Country Music

Favorite Food: Popcorn

Favorite Movie: Avatar

Favorite Super Hero: Captain America

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What have you learned from previous experiences at Regionals  or Nationals and what made this year different? Last year at regionals, I was very nervous going into the meet and I didn’t enjoy myself. This year, I was a lot more confident and I had fun while I was competing and stayed positive so that I could have a positive outcome and learn from my mistakes.

 What are you most looking forward to about nationals?  I am looking forward to competing with the Region 5 team where there is so much energy and where everyone pushes each other to be their best.

 How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage? I feel very honored and fortunate to compete in a region with so much talent and positivity. I can’t wait to compete with the team and be up against some of the best level 10s in the country.

 What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? I had a lot of fun competing at level 9 Easterns! I really liked the team atmosphere and how positive everyone was. The team had a lot of energy and we were all pushing each other to do our best.

 What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? Mainly, just to stay positive no matter what. Sometimes you make mistakes and rather than getting upset about it, the best you can do is stay positive and continue to do your best no matter what.

Tell me something interesting about yourself….special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc?  I have three older sisters, all who did gymnastics. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and spend summer weekends at my family lake house.

What have you learned from previous experiences at Regionals  or Nationals and what made this year different? Last year at regionals, I was very nervous going into the meet and I didn’t enjoy myself. This year, I was a lot more confident and I had fun while I was competing and stayed positive so that I could have a positive outcome and learn from my mistakes.

 What are you most looking forward to about nationals?  I am looking forward to competing with the Region 5 team where there is so much energy and where everyone pushes each other to be their best.

 How does it feel to represent Region 5 on a national stage? I feel very honored and fortunate to compete in a region with so much talent and positivity. I can’t wait to compete with the team and be up against some of the best level 10s in the country.

 What is your most memorable moment in gymnastics besides qualifying to JO nationals? I had a lot of fun competing at level 9 Easterns! I really liked the team atmosphere and how positive everyone was. The team had a lot of energy and we were all pushing each other to do our best.

 What is the most powerful piece of advice you have received and how has it specifically impacted your gymnastics? Mainly, just to stay positive no matter what. Sometimes you make mistakes and rather than getting upset about it, the best you can do is stay positive and continue to do your best no matter what.

 Tell me something interesting about yourself….special talents, hobbies, interesting facts etc.  I have three older sisters, all who did gymnastics. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends and spend summer weekends at my family lake house.

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