Cardinal makes 15th consecutive appearance, 30th overall
**Three-Time National Champion**
Floor Exercise: 16.200
Pommel Horse: 14.700
Still Rings: 14.800
Parallel Bars: 15.250
High Bar: 14.800
As a Senior in 2013: Nissen-Emery Award winner ... named to the U.S. Gymnastics Senior National team on Feb. 9 after qualifying at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas ... finished career as a three-time national champion and nine-time All-American ... earned 2013 All-America honors in the all-around, vault and floor ... finished second on floor (15.550) and tied for seventh on vault (15.100) at the NCAA Individual Event Finals (April 21) ... finished second on floor (15.350), third on vault (15.200) and third in the all-around (87.350) at the NCAA Championships Finals (April 20) ... placed first in the all-around (87.450), floor (15.500) and vault (15.000) at the NCAA Championships Semifinals (April 19) ... claimed MPSF titles in the all-around (88.200) and floor (15.950) at the MPSF Championships (April 6) ... finished second on high bar (14.800), third on vault (15.050), tied for fourth on parallel bars (14.700) and ninth on rings (14.600) at the MPSF Championships ... recorded career bests of 14.700 on pommel horse at Army and Springfield (March 9), 15.250 on parallel bars at Michigan (Jan. 26) and 14.800 on high bar twice - first at Army and Springfield, then at the MPSF Championships ... claimed victories in the all-around (seven), floor (six) and vault (two) ... competed in 50 of 60 possible events in 10 meets this season ... claimed nine of Stanford's top-10 scores on floor, eight top-10 scores in the all-around and four top-10 scores on vault ... named College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week three times and MPSF Gymnast of the Week four times.
As a Junior in 2012: Competed in all-around ten times...named NCAA Division-I National Gymnast of the Week twice... also named MPSF Gymnast of the Week (1/31)...posted season high of 89.200 on all-around at the Stanford Open...also recorded scores of 88.550 (at Cal), 87.900 (at Oklahoma), 87.750 (at Ohio State) and 87.350 (Stanford Showdown)...posted career-high 16.200 on floor at the Stanford Open...also recorded floor scores of 16.000 (Cal), 15.900 (at Oklahoma), 15.650 (at Ohio State) and 15.500 (Stanford Showdown)...had career-high 14.100 on pommel horse versus Cal...recorded career-high 14.800 on still rings at UI-Chicago...had season-high vault of 15.500 versus Cal and Oklahoma...also posted vault scores of 15.400 at the Stanford Open and at Ohio State)...set career-high on parallel bars (15.000) at the Stanford Open...set season-high 14.700 on high bar versus Cal and Oklahoma...posted scores of 16.050 on floor, 15.450 on vault and 86.450 in all-around at NCAA Team Finals...won NCAA individual championships on floor (16.100) and vault (15.500), his second and third career titles...also received All-American honors on floor exercise, vault and the all-around.
As a Sophomore in 2011: Earned his third All-America honor with a tie for fifth in the floor exercise (15.400) at the NCAA Event Finals ... posted a season-best, team-leading 15.950 in the floor exercise in the NCAA Finals ... also vaulted for the Cardinal, though his score of 15.450 wasn't used ... finished fourth in the floor exercise at the MPSF Championships with a 15.350 ... competed in all six events, including one all-around performance at the Gold Country Classic in which he set personal bests in the pommel horse (12.700), high bar (14.800), and all-around (85.600).
As a Freshman in 2010: Won the individual national title on vault after scoring a season best of 16.450 at the NCAA Event Finals ... also earned All-America honors in the floor exercise after scoring a season best of 16.000 to place second at the NCAA Event Finals ... competed in three events at the NCAA Finals to help Stanford to its national runner-up finish ... competed in the all-around with a season-best score of 84.200 at the Gold Country Classic ... earned a season best of 14.450 on rings in a dual meet win over UIC ... season best of 14.300 on the horizontal bar came at the double-dual victory over Air Force and UIC.
International Experience: Competed at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands ... qualified for the final in the floor exercise, placing tied for sixth at the same meet.
High School: Competed at the 2009 World Championships in London ... the Junior Olympic National Champion in the floor exercise ... a floor finalist at the 2009 European Championships ... competed in the 2007 World Championships ... has trained with the Bulgarian National Gymnastics Team ... competed for the Rochester Gymnastics Academy ... a six-time New York State Champion and four-time regional champion.
Personal: Mother, Youlia, competed in the World Championships for Bulgaria and was the European Junior Champion ... has one younger brother ... anticipated major is Architecture.
Getting To Know Eddie Penev
The best thing about Stanford is:
The combination of outstanding academics and athletics; in short, everything
My favorite place on campus is:
Lake Lag in the Spring.
Ten years from now I hope to be:
To be involved with an architecture firm or start my own practice
My favorite class at Stanford is:
All the architecture design studios
Something people would be surprised to know about me:
I was born in another country and English is my second language
The place I would most like to visit is:
Fiji because it sounds like paradise
My favorite pre-meet rituals are:
Eat gummy bears!
Stanford Men's Gymnastics will be fun to watch this year because:
We have a lot of new guys competing this year and we're going to surprise people with our line-up and some new routines.
My greatest athletic moment was:
Making event finals on floor exercise at the 2010 World Championships and winning vault at NCAA's freshman year.
The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform is:
Last years captain, Abhinav Ramani. His gymnastics are so clean and precise, he inspires me to work on the artistic aspect of gymnastics
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:
To keep things in perspective in gym and at school
The best book I have ever read is:
This is going to be cliché, but the Harry Potter series was pretty amazing! I also really enjoyed The Stranger by Camus.
Anything my grandma makes
Least favorite food:
I'm not a big fan of fish.
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Favorite TV show:
Keira Knightly, hands down!
My ultimate ESPN SportsCenter highlight would be:
Winning two team national titles in the next two seasons
My favorite musical group/singer is:
Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a French artist named Stromae.
The best advice I've ever received was:
Excuses are nails that build the house of failure.
If I could invite three people from history to dinner, they would be:
Plato, Alexander the Great and Benjamin Franklin
If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be: