Aug. 9, 2013
This is the second in a series of five question and answer sessions with the freshman from the Golden Gopher women's gymnastics team. The second video features Bailie Holst, a newcomer from Berthoud, Colo. Bailie comes to the Gophers from Premier Gymnastics of the Rockies. She is a two time Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier and took won titles on beam and floor at the 2013 Colorado state meet.
Gopher Sports: When and how did you get started in gymnastics?
Bailie Holst: I was actually in dance, but she my mom did gymnastics when she was younger and was teaching at a gym so she wanted me to try gymnastics. I didn't really want to but she wanted me to try it out so I did and well, that was the end of dance.
GS: What did you consider when choosing a college and what made Minnesota stand out to you?
BH: I think a huge thing about Minnesota was the people. The team and the atmosphere was just really just one big family. Yes they wanted to do well, but it's not just all about your talent. It is about your personality and your work ethic so that to me was a huge deciding factor.
GS: What are some of your personal goals that you have for this season?
BH: Personally, I would like to contribute to the team going to Nationals. I think that our biggest goal is nationals and being top-three and personally if I could compete in a couple of events and contribute to that, that would be really great and a huge accomplishment.
GS: On the academic side, have you decided on a major?
BH: I haven't necessarily decided on a specific major. I know I want to go into something science and medical based so that I can eventually go to medical school but I am not sure exactly what field yet.
GS: Where you nervous at all about moving away from home?
BH: I wasn't nervous about moving away from home because in my head I always knew that if I wanted to get a scholarship I would have to move out of Colorado. I always knew I would be moving, so it was more of learning how to live on my own not so much of living away from home.
GS: What are you most excited about for this upcoming school year?
BH: I am just really excited about meeting new people as well as the memories and experiences with my team. I have heard it's really memorable all through the season and if we make it to nationals it's just the best experience so I am really excited to be a part of that.
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