1. Name, Age, Hometown
Lexi Graber, 16, Ft. Myers, FL
2. Do you have a nickname?
3. When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
My mom coached and judged for 10 years, maybe longer, and then just kind of just said, “Let’s try it!”
4. When did you decide you wanted to compete? And, when did you want to compete on the elite level? What about competition appeals to you?
I’ve always wanted to compete – I’m pretty competitive. I think I went to the elite level when I was about 10. I love the challenge of competition and I like to win.
5. What is your training regimen? Was that a big change when you made the switch to competitive gymnastics?
It is Monday-Friday 3-7:30 p.m. No weekends. It was a big change when I switched, I would say around twice as much training.
6. What is your favorite event?
7. What is your favorite skill?
Front toss on the beam
8. What music do you use for your floor routine?
Starts out slow and then builds. A mix of pop and classical, I’d say.
9. Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
10. How have you grown as a gymnast during your career, both skill wise and mentally?
In competition, I have become more relaxed and more focused, which allows my to try to do bigger skills.
11. How has gymnastics helped you as a person?
It has helped me with time management and taught me to be disciplined.
12. If you had to select one life-lesson that gymnastics has taught you, what would it be?
Gotta work hard and persevere on good days and bad days.
13. What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
Definitely making the J.O. national team after placing second at nationals.
14. What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
Sophomore at North Ft. Myers High School
15. Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
Yes, I have verbally committed to the University of Alabama.
16. What are your favorite subjects, etc.?
17. If you plan to go to college, do you know what you want to study there?
I want to study physical therapy.
18. What are your goals for the future, both as an athlete and after you are finished competing?
As an athlete, I definitely want to be a successful collegiate gymnast. As for after, I want to become a physical therapist and open my own practice.
19. When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
I like to shop and go to the beach.
20. What is your favorite food?
Sushi – Lava Drop (fried crab, cream cheese)
21. What is your favorite movie?
22. What is your favorite book?
23. What is your favorite music group?
24. Are any of your family members current or former athletes? Which sports?
Both of my brothers play baseball, and my mom and dad played a lot of sports in high school, too.
25. Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
I usually just like to sit back, relax and get focused. I do have to have my hair a certain, though. Twisted into a bun. I tried braiding it, and it was just bad so I went back to the bun.
26. What’s on your IPod right now? What type of music do enjoy listening to? How about before a meet when you’re trying to get focused and pumped up?
A little pop, country and Top 40. Music that gets you dancing.
27. If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
Fun, Energetic, Dedicated
28. What 3 words describe you as a person, not the gymnast?
Outgoing, Cheerful, Loyal