Gabby Lowenstein — Rhythmic Gymnast

Q: Could you explain a little about what your sport is?

A: “I do rhythmic gymnastics. It’s like a mix between dance and regular gymnastics, except you’re using ribbons and balls and hoops. ”

Q: Tell me about any competitions you’ve been in recently, and about any that are coming up.

A: “Well I just went to Budapest last week to compete for the U.S. I’m on the U.S. National Team. We compete all over the United States. At the end of the year it’s our big nationals. The competition season is January through the end of July.”

Q: How do you balance rhythmic gymnastics with school? Is it hard to do both?

A: “It is very hard. I’m already absent because of traveling. After school I go to practice for 4 to 5 hours. I get home around 8:30, and by the time eat dinner and take a shower it’s like 9:30, so I don’t finish homework until around 12:30. It’s hard but it’s work it. “

Q: What are your favorite parts about the sport?

A: “I think just the whole experience. Traveling, going to training camps with everyone, competing, just doing the sport.”

Q: How old were you when you started?

A: “I did like the Mommy and Me classes when I was 4 for artistic gymnastics, and then I went to level 5. Then I started rhythmic when I was 8 or 9, so this is like my tenth year, and I’m a level 10 senior.”

Q: What do you plan to do with it later in life?

A: “Maybe the Olympics. I want to be in Cirque de Soleil when I’m older too. Later in life I want to do, like, nutrition or physical therapy, maybe Pilates.”