Full Twist contributor Anna Rose Johnson caught up with U.S. junior national team member Jordan Chiles to discuss her incredible upgrades, her goals in gymnastics, and a typical day in her life.
One of the most promising juniors in the U.S, Jordan trains at Naydenov Gymnastics with her coaches Erika Bakacs and Dimitri Taskov. Although she will be too young for the 2016 Olympics, she has her sights set on Tokyo 2020. Jordan tied for eleventh all-around at the 2013 P&G Championships with a score of 108.050. She finished in the top twenty on all four apparatus, with sixth place on vault being her highest finish. Jordan was added to the junior national team on March 16th, 2014, and shortly afterward, she competed at the 2014 City of Jesolo Trophy.
FT: What was it like to compete at the Jesolo Trophy?
JC: It was an amazing experience! It was my first time competing in an international elite competition and I had a lot of fun with my team. I was so excited to make team USA! We took 1st place as a team and I got 2nd place in vault finals. I was able to go to Venice and explore and I got to tour their glass factory. It was really cool.
FT: When is your next competition?
JC: My next competition is August 2nd—U.S. Classic in Chicago.
FT: What are your gymnastics goals for 2014 and beyond?
JC: Making the National Team [again] at P&G Championships in Pittsburgh is my main goal for this year. For the future, I want to make it to Worlds one day and then my dream is to go [to the] 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
FT: What is your favorite apparatus?
JC: I like all of them!! Vault, Floor, Bars, Beam.
FT: Do you have any upgrades planned for this year?
JC: This year I have added a jaeger on bars as well as a Mustafina. On beam I have added a triple twisting dismount, a back handspring layout layout, and a connected front aerial, front aerial, side aerial. Also a wolf jump directly to front tuck. On floor I am working on a 3.5, front triple and a double layout. On vault I am doing a 2 ½ twist.
FT: What do you enjoy doing outside of gymnastics?
JC: I love playing my clarinet, being with my family, Pinterest and watching Netflix. I love to play outside with my friends and babysitting my uncle’s dogs.
FT: Is there any gymnast in particular whom you especially admire?
JC: Gabby Douglas because she won the AA and was the 1st African American woman to do it! Kyla Ross because she is graceful and her technique is amazing. Aly Raisman because she was on Dancing with the Stars with Mark [Ballas]. Plus I appreciate all of my teammates.
FT: What’s a typical day like for you?
JC: A typical day is pretty crazy—I wake up at 6:30am and I go to public school by 8am. I have Math, Reading, Writing, English and Band, then I get picked up by 11:00am and go to gym. I work out until 7:00pm and then I get picked up and go home, eat, do homework and online school—ice and look at Pinterest with my sister if I have time… and repin all her posts (hahaaa!) Brush teeth, wash face….SLEEP and REPEAT.
Many thanks to Jordan for chatting with Full Twist!
Image via: Erika Bakacs/For The Columbian