Pac-10 Q&A with Makayla Stambaugh, Oregon State Women's Gymnastics

Jan. 22, 2010

 

Getting to Know Makayla Stambaugh

 

Makayla Stambaugh of Antelope, Calif., is a freshman gymnast at Oregon State.  As a junior and senior in high school, Stambaugh was a six-time Junior Olympic national champion. She won the all-around, bars and beam titles in 2009 at the Junior Olympics and in 2008 won national titles on beam, floor and in the all-around. Before that, she spent time at the elite level and made the U.S. Junior National Team in 2004 and 2005. In her first year with the Beavers, Stambaugh won the all-around competition in her first collegiate meet, the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational, with a score of 39.275. She set a career-best on the beam (9.9) against Ohio State. She ranks near the top in the country in three events: fourth on floor exercise (9.9), tied for eighth on beam (9.850) and tenth in the all-around (39.150). Stambaugh and fifth-ranked Oregon State will be in action again on Friday, January 22, 2010 when the Beavers host No. 20 Washington for a 7 p.m. meet. 

Pac-10: What has been the best part of the 2010 gymnastics season... 
MS: I think the best part of the season so far has to be spending time with all my teammates. This is a good group of girls and we are developing friendships that will last forever. Another special thing has to be the meet against Ohio State. We lost a couple of girls during warm-ups [due to injuries]. We came together and had our highest team score of the season.

Pac-10: What’s currently on my iPod...
MS: I have a wide range. I have some Christian Rock, which is my favorite. I also have some hip hop. 

Pac-10: If I could trade places with anybody for a day...
MS: It would be my sister-in-law. She just had a baby. She has her life figured out and that’s why I would change with her. Her life is pretty good.

Pac-10: My favorite athletes to watch are...
MS: My favorite athletes to watch would probably have to be Dominique Moceanu and Mary Lou Retton. I like Moceanu because watching her in the Olympics was amazing. She was the youngest gymnast on the team and fun to watch. I have always like Retton because she is so graceful during her routines. I wish I looked like that during my routines.

Pac-10: My plans after college...
MS: After college, my plans are to move back to Sacramento, Calif., to open my own gymnastics center. I want to help young gymnasts and give them an opportuinties that I had. 

Pac-10: The best thing about Oregon State...
MS: I love my coaches and my teammates. Our coaches are so supportive and and encourage us to do our best. My coaches remind me of my coaches back home, which is one of the reasons I chose Oregon State. Growing up I loved gymnastics or any sort of competition. I grew up following Oregon State gymnastics. 

Pac-10: The funniest teammate is...
MS: Olivia Vivian because she is an entertainer. She is always trying to make everyone laugh by telling jokes and making funny faces. I would have to say Olivia would have to be my funniest teammate.

Pac-10: Something about me that others would be surprised to hear...
MS: That I have a large family. I have three older brother - Brandon, Christopher and Nathaniel - and three younger sisters - Melissa, Mariah and Melody.

Pac-10: The best advice I have received...
MS: The best advice that I have received is to remember to do gymnastics because it is fun. 

Pac-10: My biggest pet peeve is...
MS: My biggest pet peeve is negative people. I just don’t like people who always have negative thoughts.

Pac-10: The thing I miss most about my hometown is...
MS: The thing I miss most about home is the weather. Don’t get me wrong. I love it here, but I need sunshine. I can only take so much rain. I also miss my family.

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