Nickname: Ky or KiKi
Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A: I started gymnastics when I was 5 years old. I would usually flip around the house, and my parents didn’t want me to get hurt, so they put me in gymnastics class. I came to Georgia Elite as a Level 5.
Q: Do you have any good/funny memories from when you first started taking gymnastics classes?
A: I was doing my beam routine at a Level 8 meet and started dancing to the floor music that was playing.
Q: Do you plan to compete in college?
A: My goal is to go to Stanford.
Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete?
A: When I was 7 years old.
Q: What about competition appeals to you?
A: I like showing everyone my gymnastics. Ultimately, you just have to have fun with it.
Q: What is your favorite event?
A: It is a tie between beam and floor. I love to dance, and I like to have fun during floor. I’m always dancing in the gym.
Q: What is your favorite skill?
A: My beam dismount, two back handsprings to a double back. I like the difficulty of the element, and I think its really cool.
Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
A: Hernando’s Hideaway.
Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A: Dominique Dawes because she was super original.
Q: How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
A: It’s helped me with discipline.
Q: If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
A: When you are under pressure to breathe, to relax and stay positive.
Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A: Going to nationals twice, being on the national team and getting a double layout on floor.
Q: What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
A: I love science and chemistry. I think it’s cool to do experiments.
Q: If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
A: I want to major in economics and minor in international studies.
Q: What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
A: I want to be a collegiate gymnast, go to my dream school and win a couple of championships.
Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time?
A: I play the violin and hang out with friends.
Q: What is your favorite food?
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: High School Musical is my favorite movie. I know all the songs and all of the dances.
Q: What is your favorite music group or artist?
A: Beyoncé because she is the queen.
Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A: I have to eat pasta, and I listen to music before I compete. I wear the same hair bow, shoes, and perfume to every meet.
Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A: Positive, energetic, and compassionate.