Cristal Isa


Cristal Isa

Henderson, Nevada


Gymcats Gymnastics
Henderson, Nevada

Qualifying Meet:
Lady Luck Invitational


Q: Do you have a nickname?
A: Cris

Q: When and why did you first become interested in gymnastics?
A: When I was little, I had lots of extra energy so my mom signed me up for gymnastics. I started classes at Gymcats in the first grade, and I’ve been there ever since.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to compete?
A: I decided to compete at my first meet because my coach told me she’d buy me a candy bar if I did well. I’ve wanted to compete at a high level ever since I saw the 2008 Olympics.

Q: What is your training regimen?
A: Currently, I train more than 25 hours a week.

Q: What is your favorite event?
A: It depends on the day; most of the time, I actually like them all.

Q: What is your favorite skill?
A: I love doing my gainer 1.5 on beam.

Q: What music do you use for your floor routine?
A: My friend Risa Perez choreographed my current floor routine. She created a mix that’s really bouncy and fun.

Q: Who is your favorite gymnast or who is your “idol”?
A: I loved watching McKayla Maroney and Nastia Liukin compete, and I still get chills when I watch their videos from the Olympics.

Q: What are your biggest accomplishments or best memories in your career?
A: Qualifying to the Nastia Cup!

Q: What grade are you in school, and where do you go to school?
A: I’m a junior, graduating Class of 2018 from Green Valley High School.

Q: Do you want to compete in collegiate gymnastics?
A: YES! I’m committed to the University of Arizona.

Q: When you’re not in the gym, how do you enjoy spending your time? Do you have any hobbies or favorite activities? Charities?
A: I love biking and hiking. I love baking and naps. I absolutely love playing with dogs, but I’m allergic.

Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I love comedies and PIXAR movies.

Q: What is your favorite book?
A: If You Give A Mouse a Cookie

Q: Do you have any competition rituals? Lucky charms?
A: I like brushing my teeth before a meet because smiling at the judges with fresh teeth always helps.

Q: 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: Bruno Mars gets me pumped up for meets, and I love some of Taylor Swift’s songs (Shake it Off!).

Q: If you had to pick 3 words to describe yourself as a gymnast, what are they?
A: Bubbly, happy, and powerful

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