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Introducing U To Alani Sabado

Sep 18, 2020

Graduating high school a year ahead of her class and joining the Red Rocks early, freshman Alani Sabado comes to Salt Lake City as a three-time Junior Olympic qualifier (2017-19) and will reunite with club teammates and current Red Rocks, Adrienne Randall and Jillian Hoffman. At the 2019 J.O. National Championships, Sabado placed third in the all-around, third on bars, fifth on vault, sixth on beam and eighth on floor in her outstanding all-around performance. Prior to her strong outing on bars at the 2019 event, Sabado posted a third-place finish at the 2017 J.O. National Championships.

Sabado earned a top-five ranking in the nation this year after scoring a 9.90 on bars at the 2020 Carol Galleta. The Temecula, Calif. native had a strong outing at the Region 1 Championships last year, claiming first on bars, second on vault and beam, and third in the all-around. She also claimed a first-place finish on bars at the 2017 Region 1 Championships. 

Before making the move to California, Sabado competed in Virginia during her elite career. At the 2018 Virginia State Championships, Sabado took three events titles - vault, bars, floor - while finishing second in the all-around and third on beam. The year prior, Sabado finished first at the state championships in the all-around and vault, bars and floor. For more information on one of the newest Red Rocks, click here

Watch the video below to get to know Alani and then take a look at some fun facts about the Ute freshman below!

Favorite animal? Narwhal
Favorite food? Sushi
Fun fact? I was born in Okinawa, Japan.
Favorite quote? "Don't think you can make up for it by working twice as hard tomorrow. If you have it within your power to work twice as hard, I want you to do it right now." - John Wooden
Favorite skill? Jaeger
Favorite event? Bars
Coolest place you've traveled to? Montenegro because of the clear water beaches and beautiful scenery. 
Who inspires you and why? My father inspires me because of his diligent work ethic. His dedication and drive toward his passions influences me to fulfill my own activities with 110% effort.
Pre-meet ritual? Use the same hair ties that I used in practice the previous week. 
Describe yourself in three words. Energetic, outgoing and ambitious.
Dream job? Pilot
Advice to aspiring college gymnasts? Grind, persevere and be patient. It takes time to watch all your hard work finally pay off. The outcome will make it all worth it.