Each Wednesday the Stanford men’s gymnastics team will post a childhood photo of a current gymnast on their Facebook and Twitter pages asking, “Can you name this gymnast?” The identity of the gymnast will be revealed on Thursday along with a special Q-and-A, giving fans a chance to get to know the gymnasts before the 2014 season.
This week’s featured gymnast is sophomore David Frankl. The Franklin Lakes, N.J., native discusses the difference between arriving on campus as a sophomore as opposed to as a freshman, personal goals for the upcoming season and his hobbies outside of the gym.
How has your the year been going so far?
My year has been fantastic. I have been enjoying my time inside the gym and out, learning a lot, and taking advantage of everything that Stanford has to offer. It will only get better when we finally reach competition season.
What were some of the differences of arriving on campus this year as a sophomore, as opposed to last year as a freshman?
I have gained a world of perspective. Among the countless differences, I no longer avoid the ice bath like the plague, I do my laundry at least twice as often and I made it to all of my exams on time.
What was the experience like last year when you made your collegiate debut on pommel horse at the Stanford Open?
I got just a taste of what can be. I look forward to utilizing my experience last year as a springboard for this year and I hope to put together some more solid performances.
What have you been working on perfecting as the season approaches?
My pommel horse dismount is a huge focus for me. I’ve switched from a handstand dismount to a Russian Circle dismount. Last year my biggest deduction was typically on the dismount, so I’m working hard to make it the best thing in my routine this year.
Any personal goals you’ve set for yourself this year?
I plan to push for a spot in the lineup on all three of my events – pommel horse, rings, and parallel bars. I think that if everyone is battling to earn a position, the team will continuously improve. On pommel horse, I want to do my job, specifically, hit a clean, solid set, week in and week out.
What are your holiday plans this year? Anything special for New Years?
I plan to catch up with good friends that I do not see nearly enough and take advantage of sleeping in my own bed.
What are some things you enjoy doing outside of the gym?
I enjoy working on personal software projects. My most recent project is a live scoring platform that we will be using to make results available to those who couldn’t make it to a meet.