Jan. 23, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
On Monday we asked the question, "Who am I?" Today, the identity of the mystery Stanford gymnast is revealed: it's Stanford junior, Amanda Spinner. In a poem posted on Monday on GoStanford.com, Amanda gave some clues to her identity.
Enjoy Amanda's Q-and-A with team manager, Tori Lewis:
Tori: How is the beginning of the season going?
Amanda: So far, this season is looking great. We are starting to truly come together as a team and have so many people contributing on every event. It's so great to start competing after so much hard work throughout the preseason!
Tori: What has been your highlight of the season so far?
Amanda: Seeing some of the freshmen compete has been awesome. It's an incredible feeling raising your hand for the first time and representing Stanford, and to see some of these girls do this so early in the season is amazing.
Tori: How is your quarter looking academically?
Amanda: This quarter is looking good so far. I'm excited to start taking some interesting classes for my economics major now that I am finishing some of the core classes that are required.
Tori: What’s your funniest SWG story?
Amanda: There are so many memories that I could choose from! Most recently, on the plane ride to Georgia, we all started doing yoga poses down the aisles. We had a few stares from a few of the passengers, but it was so much fun! We even got our athletic trainer to join us.
Tori: What lessons have stuck with you from preseason?
Amanda: I think one of the biggest things that we learn in preseason is that we do this together. Each day in the gym we are challenged, but being a part of this team you realize you do it for 15 girls, which allows you to give that extra inch you didn't think you had in you.
Tori: The team’s motto this season is “All in. Every moment.” Is there a particular time that motto really resonated with you?
Amanda: This past weekend at Georgia was a great experience. From the moment we stepped out onto the floor you could feel the excitement and passion from every person. It's such a big arena but you could feel your teammates right there with you while you were out on the floor. Each person was giving everything they had, every moment of that meet.
Tori: What are you looking forward to the most about the rest of the season?
Amanda: I am looking forward to being on the road with this team. We have such a great time together when we travel! It's also an opportunity to show a new crowd what we have worked so hard for and to represent Stanford in a new place.
Tori: What should we expect to see from SWG for the rest of the season?
Amanda: You should definitely expect to see a lot of growth the rest of the season. This team is improving each week and working incredibly hard on our consistency and performances. You can also expect to see us having a lot of fun while we are at it!