Meet Other Wunderkinds — Gymnastics


Meet Karina

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Meet Karina! Karina is a 6th grader and passionate about gymnastics!  We interviewed her to find out what she loves about her sport.


What does an average day look like for you?

I’m homeschooled, so an average day is a little different for me compared to a normal 6th grader. I wake up, eat breakfast, and then start on my school. I get ready for gymnastics practice at 3:30 PM and leave the house at 4:00. Practice ends at 8:00 so I usually get home around 8:30. When I get home, I shower, eat dinner, and then go to bed.



How old were you when you started gymnastics?

I was 3 years old turning 4 very soon.


Tell us what inspired you to give gymnastics a try.

My mom signed me up for gymnastics. It was kind of like a gymnastics place for toddlers only. I loved doing it so my mom signed me up for real gymnastics.


Was there a moment you knew it had become your passion? If so, please tell us about that moment?

It was when I got my back-hip circle on the bar. At the time it was a really hard skill, considering I was 5. I never gave up and when I got it at practice, I was so excited. I wanted to learn more skills.


What do you like most about gymnastics?

I like learning new skills and being able to work them at practice. There are so many skills that you can learn in gymnastics. I always feel so happy even if it took days to get it or months to get it.    


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Tell us about one of your favorite experiences or a favorite story you have had with gymnastics?

My favorite experience with gymnastics is when I got first place last season. It was for All-Around and it took me by complete surprise.


How does gymnastics challenge you?

It challenges me because in gymnastics there is no stopping; the only time you stop is when you are waiting in line. You work on an event until it’s time to rotate to another event, 10 second drink break and onto the next event. You also get very sore throughout the week. ALWAYS.


Is there a certain skill you are trying to achieve?

Yes. That skill is my series. It’s when you do 2 backflips on a 4 inch wide beam connected or back to back.


How many hours do you train per week?

16 hours every week.


What are 3 qualities a gymnast should possess?

A gymnast should always possess strength, bravery, and passion.


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Do you look up to elite and college gymnasts? Who is your role model?

My role model is Simone Biles.


What advice would you give someone who wants to become a gymnast?

I would tell them to never give up. Even when it’s hard. If you want to do gymnastics, you have to have a passion for it. Gymnastics isn’t a sport you can just do. It’s a very time consuming sport and if you are willing to give all your time and effort to being a gymnast, you can be a great one.


What are your goals with gymnastics? Do you wish to eventually be on a college team?

I do want to be on a college team.


Are there any other activities or sports you have tried or would like to try? Are you still involved in any of them?

When I was 2, I did dance, but I gave that up for gymnastics. When I was 5, I took swim classes. Again, gave that up for gymnastics. I’ve done a kids triathlon and thought it was fun. But if I were to try a new sport, it would probably be tennis or golf.


What life lessons have you learned from gymnastics?

I learned that if you want to be great, you have to work at it. Just like in all things, if things get hard, you have to push through it and get back up. You have to always be dedicated to what you are doing.


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