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.
Wiskus Earns Two Week One Plaudits
1/16/2018 - M. Gymnastics
After his first week competing at the collegiate level Shane Wiskus has been named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and is the first ever NCAA Rookie of the Week.
Gophers Take Second at Windy City
1/13/2018 - M. Gymnastics
The No. 4 University of Minnesota Gophers opened the 2018 season with a second place finish at the Windy City Invitational.
Alumni Chalk up 51st Straight Alumni Meet Win
1/6/2018 - M. Gymnastics
The Minnesota alumni won their 51st straight meet against the varsity team Saturday.