Interview with Lexie Priessman

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I had the opportunity to chat with American Junior, Lexie Priessman. Lexie (Alexis) was born on January 23, 1997 and is, therefore, ineligible for the 2012 London Olympics by 23 days. However, she has been in the spotlight recently for her amazing and difficult gymnastics even though she is only a junior. Lexie is probably best known for her floor work where she can have a 6.2 d-score on floor, when everything is awarded, which is competitive with the United States' best seniors.

Amelia Hundley (L) and Lexie Preissman (R)

Lexie popped on to the scene when she won the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup in 2010 and placed 12th at the 2010 US Nationals.  Lexie placed 4th at 2011 US Nationals and will no doubt be looking for a podium finish this year. After Nationals, she and teammate/best friend Amelia Hundley, were able to go to the Junior Japan International meet where Lexie placed 1st in the All-Around Competition. In 2012, she attended Pacific Rim and placed 2nd in the all around and also attended Jesolo where she placed 1st in the all-around. Lexie will be at the Secret Classic. Here's what she had to say.

How long have you been at CGA? Who are your coaches?
12 years, Mary Lee Tracy

Can you give us a sample of your daily schedule?
Mon, tues, thurs, fri, 8:30 to 12:30 & 2-4. Every other day is 8:30 to 1:30.

Are you in a training group with other gymnasts? What level are they?
Only the elites train together - Amelia [Hundley - Jr], Amanda [Jetter - Sr], Brianna [Brown - Sr], Alexis [Beucler - Jr]

What are your goals for the future, as well as 2012?
To make a World team or Olympic team one day

Any upgrades to be expected?
Nope just making my old skills better

Will you be competing all events at the Secret Classic?
Yes all 4

If there was one rule you could change, what would it be?
Not sure

Your floor routine is packed with difficulty that's very competitive, even with the seniors. How did you decide how to put it together?
I have always been powerful so floor came to me pretty easy so I tried a few different passes and these are the 4 that best fit me!

Lexie's floor routine includes a double double (G) and a tucked full in (E). You can watch her routine from 2011 US Nationals Championships below or here.

Who are your role models both in and out of the sport?
In gymnastics Aly Raisman and outside my older brother and parents.

What grade are you in school? Do you homeschool?
9th grade and yes, I am homeschooled.

Do you think you want to compete in college? Any ideas where?
Yes I want to compete in college!

Do you have a favorite quote or motto?
"Reputation takes years to build, but a second to ruin!" And "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure."

Priessman siblings: Leah, Jenna, Nicholas, Lexie
Photo Copyright Lexie Priessman

Blitz round:
siblings - names, ages - [I have a] fraternal twin, her name is Leah. I have an older sister, Jenna, that is 18 and a brother, Nicholas, that is 21
nickname - just lex
favorite event - floor
least favorite event - beam
skill that took you the longest to learn - jaeger on bars!
favorite show - Pretty Little Liars
favorite song of the moment - God Gave Me You or Call Me Maybe [Carly Rae Jepsen]
favorite place you traveled to US and abroad - Japan
favorite movie/last movie you watched - The Blind Side, and the last movie I watched was the Vow
proudest gymnastics moment - Winning the Nastia Cup [in 2010] and going to Japan [in 2011] with my best friend Amelia

Watch her routines from the 2011 Japan International below or here

Thank you, Lexie! And best of luck in 2012 and the future!

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