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Full Name: Maddie Larson
City: Colorado Springs, Colorado
We are so excited to introduce our newest HERO Athlete Maddie Larson! She is a gymnast from Colorado and is the very definition of an elite young athlete. Scroll down to read and learn more about Ellie!
What sports do you play?
What is your team/club affiliation?
What are your short and/or long term sports-related goals? What is your biggest dream?
My short terms goals this year is to qualify as an Hopes Elite gymnast. I would like to make Nationals as a level 10 as well and qualify to compete at Hopes Classic this summer. My next goal is to qualify as a Junior International Elite gymnast and compete at the Secret Classic and P&G's and make National Team. My biggest goal is to compete at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games and represent United States.
What has been your proudest moment as an athlete?
My proudest moment as an athlete is to overcome obstacles and set backs like injuries. I had a great level 9 season and won State Championships, qualified for Regionals and Westerns while dealing with an injury.
What do you think are the three most important qualities needed to succeed as a young athlete?
Mental toughness, work ethic and self motivation
Why is paying attention to your nutrition as an athlete important?
Because our bodies need the right nutrition to be able to handle so much training and the demands that our sport requires. It fuels our body so we can do our best!
Do you have any superstitions or rituals on game day?
I listen to music on my way to the meet. Keeps me very relaxed and focused on visualizing my routines.
What is one thing you're working to get better at?
To separate gymnastics from regular life haha. I always want to be at the gym training but I am learning to be a normal kid when I am not at the gym.
Which athlete or person do you look up to?
I look up to many! So many great gymnasts to look up to like Shawn Johnson, Simone Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Nastia Liukin, Aliya Mustafina, Viktoria Komova, etc. I love love love my buddies who are the new amazing generation of elite gymnasts Maile O'Keefe, Sunisa Lee, Emma Malabuyo, Morgan Hurd!