Feb. 5, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
On Sunday we asked the question, "Who am I?" Today, the identity of the mystery Stanford gymnast is revealed: it's Stanford freshman Maggie Teets. In a poem posted on Sunday on GoStanford.com, Maggie gave some clues to her identity.
Enjoy Maggie's Q-and-A with team manager, Tori Lewis:
Tori: How is the beginning of the season looking?
Maggie: The beginning of season is looking very strong. We have some amazingly talented girls and it's going to be brilliant when we all come together. We move in the right direction every meet - even though they may be baby steps. We're definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with.
Tori: What's been your highlight of the season so far?
Maggie: To be honest, the highlight for me was during our last meet. We were at home, and Alex Archer was exhibitioning on bars. She hit an amazing routine, and the pure joy and stun on her face as she stuck her dismount was inspiring. You couldn't help but share in her joy. Share in her routine. She's given her whole heart to the program, and you could feel it when she nailed that landing. I was screaming so hard I think my voice went out.
Tori: How's your quarter looking academically?
Maggie: I absolutely love my classes! I'm taking Chemistry 31B, Stats 60, and Ultimate Meanings. The Ultimate Meanings class is my favorite. It's an introduction into philosophy and religious studies, which I am considering majoring in. The professor is an amazing speaker and I'm pretty mind-blown after each lecture. It's such a cool class, I am so grateful.
Tori: What's your funniest SWG story?
Maggie: Pinpointing just one is tough. Our team tries to keep a light atmosphere and we do a pretty great job. SWG is fairly amazing at singing [laughs]. We try to match Pitch Perfect, and for a team of mostly tone-deaf gymnasts, I think we come pretty close. We also make up our own lyrics. If any musicians need inspiration, they should look us up.
Tori: What lessons have stuck with you from preseason?
Maggie: I grew so much as a gymnast and a person during preseason. I was pushed outside my comfort zone almost every day, and I've really learned how to deal with that kind of adversity. I've learned how amazing it feels to pour yourself into a program, and how easily it is to fall asleep after you've given everything you've got during the day. I learned the importance of teamwork. I wouldn't have made it through without them.
Tori: The team's motto this season is "All in, every moment." Is there a particular time that that really resonated with you?
Maggie: I think that motto really resonated during preseason. We had a team meeting in the locker room before work out; I really felt that everyone on the team was striving toward a common goal. We felt connected and together in that moment. Unstoppable.
Tori: What are you looking forward to the most about the rest of the season?
Maggie: I'm looking forward to meeting our team's potential! We have such an amazing, talented team and I am blessed to be a part of their greatness. When we all come together at once, it's going to be big. This team is going to go far.
Tori: What should we expect to see from SWG for the rest of the season?
Maggie: You should expect some pretty great things from SWG. I would hold your expectations high, because all of us do. Hopefully at the end of season, we'll be making history and leaving a legacy.