Meet Becky Colvin

April 9, 2010

Oregon State junior gymnast Becky Colvin is a quiet leader on a team of brilliant athletes. Midway through her freshman season, Colvin tore her Achilles but has returned to a higher level of competition than she performed prior to the injury and before the 2009-10 school year, Colvin was awarded a scholarship. Despite having to walk-on when she arrived at Oregon State, the proximity to her home, in Eugene, was a great selling point. Tomorrow, Colvin and the rest of the Beavers will compete at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships at Columbia, Mo. where they'll be seeking to qualify for the NCAA Championships for the fifth straight season. Recently, Becky took a few minutes to talk to Natalie Smith from OSU's Athletic Communications Office:

Why did you choose to go to Oregon State?
'The main reason I chose to go to Oregon State was because I'm from Eugene so it's really close to home. I'm close with my family and I'm a daddy's girl so it's nice they're really close. Also, because the campus was really pretty and the coaches and the team were really nice.'

When did you begin gymnastics?
'I started gymnastics when I was four.'

During your early years of being a gymnast did you know you would be competing at the college level now?
'I don't know if I knew that, but that was my main goal. I know that a lot of girls' goals are to go to the Olympics but my main goal was to compete in college.'

What is your favorite event to compete in?
'It's a tie between floor and vault, I love them both.'

What was your initial thought when you tore your Achilles tendon before the Stanford meet in 2008?
'I think I was more disappointed because I felt really strong coming in my freshmen year and being able to contribute on two events. I was frustrated with the fact that it was a season ending injury.'

Have you played any other sports?
'I played soccer when I was really little. It was just a Park and Recreation team that my dad coached.'

What are some of your favorite movies?
'My favorite movie is `Lion King' and `Love and Basketball'.'

What's your dream job?
'I would like to do something that would still have to do with athletics. I would love to coach. I've coached club gymnastics and I think it would be really fun to coach collegiate gymnastics.'

How do you feel about the season so far?
'I think it's going so well. We have such a talented, strong team and our team chemistry is really good. So were just trying to put it all together and keep going from here.'

Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
'Yeah, I kind of have a lot. I will make sure I wear the same thing every meet day. I wear the same shoes and all that. I make sure to do my hair and makeup the same and I make sure to call my dad.'

How does it feel to compete in Gill Coliseum?
'It's amazing, I love Beaver Nation. Our fans, they pretty much make the meet. We go there to compete for them, and we compete for ourselves too but, it's just so much fun because there so loud and involved. They stay behind our backs if something goes wrong.'

Who is your favorite OSU athlete and why?
'I would say Tasha Smith because she got a 10.0 on floor and she's just like my big sister.'

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