A Perfect 10

15min

Freshman Jala Washington participates in the highest level of competitive gymnastics

Michelle Yun
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When did you first start gymnastics? 
I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was three years old. 

Why gymnastics?
My mom signed me up to maintain my energy level. I was really hyper. 

Currently, what levels  have you accomplished as a gymnast?
As of right now, I am a level 10 gymnast at Sharp Gymnastics Academy.

List some of your accomplishments.
I’ve won many competitions, and have won many state competitions including state champion, state plaques for state champion and vault regional. 

Do you have any upcoming competitions? 
My next big competition is in three weeks, in Phoenix, Arizona, and I am looking forward to that a lot.

What do you plan on doing with gymnastics in the future? 
I want to get a college scholarship to UCLA for gymnastics by the end of high school. I’m probably not going to do it (gymnastics) forever, but until I am like 25.

How many hours a day do you practice?
I practice 6 days a week for 4 hours everyday.

Are there any particular gymnasts whom you admire? 
My biggest inspiration is my teammate and 2008 Olympian Bridget Sloan. I love her  ‘cause she’s really down to earth and helps me a lot in the gym.

What advice would you give to any aspiring gymnast?
Some advice that I would give to any aspiring gymnasts would be to just keep at it and give 110% in practice everyday.


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