Every Thursday, GoStanford.com will present an interview with a Stanford women’s gymnastics alumna. This week, sophomore Maggie Teets features Amy Neil Twiggs (‘98) who competed in the all-around and graduated with a degree in psychology.
Maggie: Can you describe what you have been doing since graduating from Stanford?
I married my life-long friend right after graduation and moved to Mesa, Arizona. There, I used my psychology degree working with behavior systems. I also coached gymnastics, taught dance and had my first child. From there, we moved to St. George, Utah, where we currently live. I now have two girls and two boys – four amazing children. Time with my family is my absolute favorite. Along with spending time with my family, I coach gymnastics and teach dance in my basement, choreograph for a local gymnastics gym, teach P.E. and substitute at my children’s school, and teach religion at my church – the Church of Jesus Christ for Latter Day Saints.
Maggie: What lessons have you carried with you from your experience on the Stanford women’s gymnastics team?
I’ve thought about this question a lot. I’ve learned so many lessons. Using time well and learning how to use my talents to serve others have been two of the most important lessons. I’ve also learned how to prioritize. Seasons of life are very busy. While coaching, I would think about the beam assignments that my coach used to give me. I’ve learned how to talk girls into doing skills on the beam. I’ve also learned that life is a lot about balancing. Figuring out what’s good, better, and best for your family, friends, and yourself. Teamwork, competitiveness and the strength of camaraderie within a team have also been important lessons.
Maggie: What are your favorite memories from being on the team at Stanford?
My all-time favorite memory, by far, was wining the Pac-10 Championship at UCLA (1998). I believe we were the first team to ever be awarded that title. I was so excited when we received rings. The amazing energy, but totally calm team atmosphere was so much fun. Everything fell into place, and the excitement was amazing! I also have so many memories of my teammates and I talking during down time. They’re still some of my best friends.
Maggie: What are your favorite Stanford memories outside of gymnastics?
I loved to walk the Dish. Walking out over the area just put things into perspective. I also loved going to basketball games. The energy was so much fun. During my senior year, my roommate and I were both planning our weddings, which was great. I also enjoyed tutoring and learning during the amazing classes offered at Stanford.
Maggie: Do you have any advice for the girls on the SWG team now?
Write in a journal. You’ll be surprised how much you don’t remember, but reliving those moments through my journal entries is so much fun. Also, be grateful. Being on the team is an amazing opportunity.
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