This is the first in a series of weekly spotlights on the members of the Gopher women's gymnastics team. This week we learn more about senior Jade Beattie. Jade, a native of Bismarck, N.D., is a top student, and earned one of the prestigious Top Five Awards for having one of the top GPA's among Gopher student-athletes. During her career, Jade has been a competitor on vault, bars and floor, and is a top contender for a spot in the beam line up this season. Here we learn more about Jade ...
How many siblings do you have? One younger brother
Are you the only gymnast in your family? My brother did gymnastics when he was younger but I’m the only one left
Who in your family are you most like? My mother
How old were you when you started gymnastics? Two
What is your favorite event to compete in? I love to compete floor
What is the most difficult thing the coaches have you do in practice? Either 3 minute drills or kip cast handstands
What is the most fun thing the coaches have you do in practice? Any kind of game or contest...team beam, scissor leap championship, stick drills
What is your pre-competition ritual? Eat a big breakfast
What makes you love gymnastics? It’s fun! I can never get enough
Was there a gymnast who was your idol when you were growing up? Dominique Moceanu
If you had a free afternoon, what would you spend your time doing? Shopping!
What is your favorite winter activity in Minnesota? Baking cookies
What is your favorite summer activity in Minnesota? Lake time
Other than gymnastics, which sports do you love to watch in the Olympic Games? Everything!...beach volleyball, track and field, swimming and diving...
What is your favorite Gopher team other than gymnastics? Football
What is your favorite magazine to read? In Touch
If your life story were going to be made into a movie, what actress would you want to play you? Lucy Liu
Do you like to cook, and if so, what’s your favorite meal to make? I love to cook! It depends on what I’m hungry for
What is one thing you have to pack for every road trip? My glasses and extra contacts
What is one song you could listen to over and over without getting tired of hearing it? Anything sung by Chad Kroeger
If you won millions of dollars in the lottery, what’s the first thing you would buy with your winnings? A nice vacation maybe...
What is your favorite vacation destination? A place I’ve already been would be Cancun but I would love to go to Australia
What is the best gift you’ve ever received? A scholarship to the University of Minnesota
What is your favorite memory as a Golden Gopher so far? Winning the Big Ten Championship and my very first practice as a Gopher
What are you most proud of? My acceptance to the U of M Dental School
What is one goal you hope to accomplish before you graduate? Competing in the NCAA Championships
Looking ahead to your post-college career, what would your dream job be? Dentist, possibly Pediatrics or Orthodontics
Describe yourself in three words: Bright, organized, happy