Hello gymterneters and Chatty Gymnast fans!
In this article, U.S. Level 10 and recently turned Junior International Elite, Kaitlin DeGuzman, will answer eleven questions that we posed to her – discussing gymnastics, school and future plans! So, please take a read;
CG: This Level 10 season you placed 11th at Nastia Liukin Cup and 14th at Nationals, how did the season go for you, personally?
KDG: This season was great over all. Personally, I think I could’ve done better but overall, I am very happy with my results and how I finished.
CG: You recorded a score of 39.375 at States this year, are you aware that this is the highest score of 2015? How does it feel to hold that record?
KDG: I was not aware that this was the highest Level 10 score of 2015. If only I can score like that every time in Elite, that would be awesome! 😀
CG: You’ve recently qualified to the U.S. Classic as a Junior International Elite. What are your goals as a first year elite?
KDG: My goals are to place Top 5 at Secret U.S. Classics and to make it to P&G’s [U.S. Nationals].
CG: Do you plan on upgrading your routines for this upcoming elite season?
KDG: Yes, I do.
CG: As you were born in the Phillipines and have Filipino heritage, do you plan to represent them in international competition? Or will you stick with the US?
KDG: I don’t know if I will be good enough to compete for the U.S. as there are so many good gymnasts. [She didn’t provide a certain answer]
CG: You’re now homeschooled – Do you miss public school or do you prefer the freedom of homeschooling? KDG: I miss public school but personally, I prefer homeschooling. However, I still want to go to prom! ❤ 😀
CG: Describe your daily routine and how many hours you train per week
KDG: This is how my day looks like. I normally wake up at 6:15 am take a shower and eat on the go. I like to be over 30 minutes early for gym so I can relax before I start my workout. After morning practice I eat lunch, sometimes I go to therapy but most of the time I do my school work. I usually do more school work after afternoon practice while waiting for my mom to finish coaching. We head home eat dinner and get ready for bed. If I have time I usually watch one of my favorite TV shows.
CG: You’re age eligible for the 2016 Olympics next year, is this your main goal?
KDG: I would love the experience; if it’s God’s plan for me.
CG: Are you interested in doing collegiate gymnastics after high school graduation? Do you have any colleges in mind already?
KDG: Yes, I think it would be fun to compete in college gymnastics. However, I don’t have any colleges in mind yet.
CG: After you’ve finished gymnastics and college, what are your career aspirations? If you know, of course.
KDG: I think I would like to become a veterinarian and/or a physical therapist.
CG: What advice would you give to gymnasts who aspire to compete at your level? Train hard, honour God. Never give up on anything because it will be worth it in the end. Also, take one practice at a time!
Evidently, you can see that Kaitlin is a ‘lady of few words’; as described by John Roethlisberger during the 2015 Nastia Liukin Cup broadcast but I like that about her! DeGuzman has her work cut out if she’s serious about making the U.S. Olympic team next year but, if she decided to compete for the Philippines, they would have a serious mega team; Ava Verdeflor, Lizzy LeDuc and then Kaitlin!
I’m sure time will tell if she’s the one for Rio!
An article by James Greaves – editor in chief for Chatty Gymnast
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