Student athlete profile
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What's your earliest memory of gymnastics?
I remember my coach, when I was like 8 or 9, teaching me how to do circles on the pommel horse, which helped make me good on the pommel horse all these years later.
What do you enjoy about the sport?
It's just really incredible when there's a trick you think you could never do, and a year later you're doing it. I love the gymnastics community as well.
How have you evolved since freshman year?
I was definitely more timid and afraid as a freshman. But my coach helped me realize that I could do whatever I put my mind to.
Do you have any pre-meet routines?
I kind of just try and take my mind of off things, like it's just another practice, and try not to get in my head too much because that can really mess you up.
How would your teammates describe you?
I think they really value the help I give them, particularly on pommel horse, because I'm kind of like another coach. I really want them to succeed. Also, as one of the most hardworking people in the gym.
What gets you pumped?
Definitely hitting a new skill for the first time. It's so rewarding to be able to do something new that you never thought you could do before.
What are your goals for the season?
To place top-10 at state on pommel horse. I've really been working toward that.
Does playing chess translate to gymnastics?
It's helped me a lot with handling pressure, because in chess you're always racing against the clock. I hardly ever get nervous at meets.
Do you have any other special skills?
I play piano. It's a nice way to escape life for a little while.
Why does coach CJ Johnson like having Theotikos on the team?
Nikolas is a dedicated young man. He's a leader and does every single thing he can to help assist others, as well as working very hard to become the best that he can possibly be. He's a concert pianist, he plays viola for the school and he's a heck of a chess player. I am so happy to have him because he makes me smile every day as he works and works to improve.
- profile by Ken Knutson, photo by Jim Slonoff