University of Minnesota senior Bailie Holst opened the 2017 competition season with two personal records and two silver finishes against now No. 7 Denver.
In just her second time competing in the all-around competition, Holst led Minnesota with a 39.175. Her best beam score also improved from a 9.525 to a 9.800. Holst also holds the program record on uneven bars, a top mark that she broke last January with a 9.975. She is one of three seniors on a roster that boasts nine underclassmen.
We caught up with Holst after her hot start:
What kind of mindset does it take to be an all-around competitor?
You have to really figure out what mindset works best for each event because they are all very different. The true key is being able to switch from being calm and relaxed for bars to really pumped up and energized for floor right away. Also, remembering to stay fueled with food is extremely important for me because when you warm up and compete all four events there isn’t really any downtime.
What details have you been working on this season?
The biggest detail I have been working on is my confidence. We can all work on our skills every single day, but it’s showing how confident and how perfect you can make them look that really sets gymnasts apart.
What leadership do the seniors bring to such a young team?
All three of us seniors love to help and pass on what we have learned to the underclassmen. We have all had our struggles, so it is helpful for the other girls to see how each of us compete and train differently in order for them to figure out how they can be their best. We definitely try and show leadership by example, but also through encouragement. Confidence is something the entire team works on, and so we really try to get them pumped up and help them believe in what they can do, and go show everyone how hard they have been working. It doesn’t matter where you come from or how talented you are, it’s about how hard you work and how bad you want it. We think these are two things our whole team embodies.
What are you looking forward to this weekend against Maryland, Arizona and Alaska?
We are hoping the first meet really inspired the team, so that we keep building. In our first meet, we had some nervous mistakes where people were possibly holding back a little. We’re going to really try to let it all out and show people our full potential. This weekend, just like any weekend, I look forward to the moments where a teammate finishes a routine and you know they put their heart and soul into it.
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