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Kristen stressed the importance of
goal setting. At
the beginning of each season she decided, and still decides,
what she wanted to accomplish, which skill set she wanted to
improve during the season and over the summer. It is an
attitude, work ethic, she said. “I am constantly asking
myself, what am I going to do this season? If I missed
something, how am I going to fix that?”
When Kristen was 14, she set the goal to win a gymnastics
scholarship; in her senior year of high school, she set as
her personal goal to win state, regionals and nationals in
vault. She won state and regionals and came in second at
Her advice to youngsters just beginning? “Always listen;
it’s huge. I wish I had listed to my coaches better when I
Kristen’s favorite event is floor; she enjoys both the
tumbling and dance aspects of it. For the past seven years
she has taken ballet; she also took one year of jazz.
Her sports role model is Venus Williams. “I like to watch
her play; she has such intensity.” At school, Kristen
loves attending Utah basketball games and watching tennis,
but is “always focused on gymnastics.”
Her college schedule is demanding. The 12-member team works
out for four hours, four times a week, from 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
At 6 am on Wednesday, the team meets for two hours of
spinning and weightlifting, which is repeated on Saturday
from 9 to 11 am. During the competitive season,
however, the schedule varies somewhat.
“Training for meets, we only do routines once a week
before the meet,” Kristen said. “We work out hard on
Monday and do just parts of routines and work on new skills
and upgrades. Then Tuesday we do routines, but only about
two average on bars and beam. This is a big difference
from the club; we used to do routines everyday and it was
like at least 10 on beam and about four or five on bars.
“For floor, we only do one, but it has to be perfect
or it doesn’t count,” she continued. “When we
vault, we have to stick vaults in order to move on.
It is not just ‘do them.’ We do this to save our bodies
a bit because it is very hard and tiring competing every
weekend. We have Wednesdays off from actual gymnastics but
do spinning and weights in the morning. Thursday they give
us a very easy assignment and workout is over when you
are done. If that is 20 minutes then you’re done! Fridays
we compete and if we travel for a Friday meet we leave
Thursday and only have two days of practice.”
On top of this, Kristen took 15 credits first semester, and
is taking 14 this semester. She also gets one credit for
gymnastics. She is majoring in exercise and sports sciences,
minoring in psychology, which will allow numerous career
options, including coaching and physical therapy.