Pac-10 Q&A with Carly Janiga, Stanford Women's Gymnastics

March 20, 2009

Getting to Know Carly Janiga

Janiga, from Paradise Valley, Ariz., leads the Cardinal as both a team captain and top all-arounder. A 2007 first team all-around All-American, Janiga heads into the postseason ranked ninth in the nation in the all-around with a RQS of 39.425 and a season high of 39.550. In last year's Pac-10 Championships, Janiga won her first championship title, scoring 9.95 on beam to tie for top honors. The 2009 Pac-10 Championships go down at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Maples Pavilion at Stanford. Carly gives a shout-out to her team: I love you and we’re going to do so well this season at nationals! Thanks for working hard every day.

 Championship Central!

Something about myself that others would be surprised to hear... I have been inked by an octopus in the ocean. I went scuba diving in Maui when I was 15 years old. Our guide pointed out an octopus and I wanted to touch it! As I reached for it, one of its arms wrapped around my arm; suddenly I was floating in a cloud of ink. It was exciting! I think I was too young to be scared. Inking octopus
Best community outreach experience... Our team participates in Habitat for Humanity every winter, usually near the holiday season. On most occasions we build in downtown San Francisco but this year there was a sponsored build in Redwood City. The experience presents a great opportunity for us to bond as a team and rely on one another to complete a bigger vision. Of course, some of us are better home builders than others... but I’m not naming names! Habitat for Humanity icon
Favorite moment in a competition... When a teammate completes an exceptional routine, we have a tradition that the rest of the team rushes her. It’s a demonstration of our commitment to team over individual success. The rushing is my favorite part of competition regardless of whether my teammates are rushing me or I’m part of the rush on another teammate. About a month ago we traveled to Cal and many of our newcomers and younger competitors filled the starting lineup. They tied our season-high team score! I know that it was a special afternoon for all of us because those teammates got to experience the thrill of being rushed.
Team on campus that does the best job of packing our stands... Our friends and dorm residents show us a ton of support. We annually market one of our early-season home meets as Dorm Night. Especially among the freshmen dorms, it’s a bragging rights competition for who can get the most seats filled. I enjoy competing as a college, gymnast because the meet experience is defined by the fans. In youth club gymnastics the athletic and academic worlds don’t overlap at all; at Stanford, people attend our meets to cheer us on as dorm mates, classmates, study hall peers, friends, and gymnasts.
Favorite teams as a kid... There weren’t any teams that I rooted for when I was growing up. I guess I enjoyed gymnastics so much that no other sport could ever compete. With that said, though, I tended to remove myself from being a super-fan of the competitive gymnastics culture. I focused on myself and didn’t take an interest in many others. For whatever reason, I didn’t get swept up in the ’96 Olympic gold medalist gymnasts: I never aspired to be them, like so many other little girls at that time.
What I’m reading... Before I turn the lights off every night I usually read from Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. I’m on the last book of the series, Breaking Dawn. Usually I only read a few pages before I conk out! When I’m not reading a fiction book, I’m reading a text book for one of my other classes. The text books are not not nearly as interesting! Breaking Dawn book cover
Favorite class... During my freshman year I was a member of a 15-person seminar-style class. It was really a life skills class on how to attain success; we explored the overarching question, “What makes you personally tick?” It was applicable to all facets of a person’s life path. I will most certainly transfer the information we investigated to my life after Stanford. Another enjoyable class was Dance and Performance. We got to travel into San Francisco every other week to see contemporary performances. I really enjoyed the showing of Urban Bushwomen, an African-style dance. Urban Bushwoman
My favorite athlete in a sport other than my own... Lance Armstrong because of all that he’s done for both the cycling and cancer communities. His diligence to hard work is unlike anything we see from many professional athletes. It’s simultaneously mind-boggling and inspirational. Lance Armstrong
Love to trade places for a day with... A really smart Stanford student who doesn’t have to try very hard. I would love to experience the feeling of being that smart. I’d prefer to trade with someone in the top 3% of our class.
Favorite value in others... The ability to be comfortable with yourself around a mixed group of people, and also to possess a sense of humor. Those attributes tend to commonplace among my friends.



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