Freshman Spotlight: Russell Johnson
Nov. 7, 2017

The Gophers have four freshmen on this year’s roster. This week meet Indianapolis, Ind. native Russell Johnson. Johnson is an Academic All-American from Perry Meridian High School and a regional and Indiana state champion. He competed at the 2016 P&G Championships as one of the top all-around gymnasts in the US Junior Program. He scored a 15.0 on rings at nationals as a junior and an 84.35 in the all-around.

Gopher Sports: How is your time on campus so far? Anything surprise you? 

Russell Johnson: My time on campus has been great so far. I can feel myself growing as both an intellectual and a gymnast. Nothing has surprised me thus far; it feels like high school but with a bit more effort and freedom. 

GS: What are you most looking forward to in your first school year and season?

RJ: I’m looking forward to putting in the effort to ace tests and finals; there is beauty in the struggle. Season wise, I am looking forward to representing Gopher men’s gymnastics in a way that’s never been done before, and helping this team to its much-deserved heights and respects.

GS: What has it been like to meet your teammates? Who is the funniest teammate so far?

RJ: I loved meeting my teammates. I always checked them out on Instagram and thought that their culture was unmatched. I love this team. The funniest teammate this far is Michael Harris, in my opinion.

GS: What is your favorite gymnastics event?

RJ: My favorite event would have to pommel horse because of how unique and different it is from the other events. When I swing pommels, it feels like I’m strategically dancing.

GS: Favorite gymnastics memory?

RJ: Competing on the podium for the first time at P&G champs.

GS: What do you enjoy doing outside of gymnastics?

RJ: Talking to my family and friends, reading, meditating, expressing creativity – taking pictures, painting and writing.

GS: What is one thing Gopher fans should know about you?

RJ: I love you, Mom.




Gophers Finish as National Runner-Up

Gophers Finish as National Runner-Up

4/21/2018 - M. Gymnastics

The Minnesota men's gymnastics team finished second at the NCAA Championships, the best finish in program history.

Gophers Advance to NCAA Team Finals

Gophers Advance to NCAA Team Finals

4/20/2018 - M. Gymnastics

The No. 2 Gophers finished second in the day one afternoon session at the NCAA Championships and advanced to the team finals for the third straight season.

Wiskus, Burns Earn CGA Recognition

Wiskus, Burns Earn CGA Recognition

4/19/2018 - M. Gymnastics

Shane Wiskus was awarded CGA Rookie of the Year and head coach Mike Burns was named CGA Central Region Coach of the Year.

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