Northeast Gymnastics has produced several outstanding athletes over the years and this year is no different. The team that includes Elena Lagoski, Gianna Plaksa, and Kirah Koshinski, were all introduced to the sport at an early age and sprung into the spotlight as teenagers.
“I was 4 years old and I was invited to a birthday party and ever since then I just asked my parents to join and have been in it since,” said Koshinski.
“It’s really cool because I have so many friends from different states and I love competing with them and every time I go to meets I see my friends that do this with me and know what its like going through this everyday and we always talk,” said Lagoski.
All three excel in different areas. 17-year-old Elena on floor exercise…
“You just get to be yourself out there and you get to smile and do anything you want to do. It’s a lot of fun and I really like showing everyone what I can do and what skills I can do.”
15-year-old Gianna on uneven bars…
“Uneven bars are my favorite because you can just swing and be free and have fun.”
And 16-year-old Kirah on vault, who shocked her competition at Regionals, scoring a perfect 10!
“My best event is vault but it’s a tie between floor and vault. Before I did the second vault, I just thought keep your head up and I did and I stuck it so it was really exciting. I didn’t think it was going to be a 10 to be honest, maybe a high 9 so I wasn’t really expecting it.”
All three girls achieved major goals at Regionals. With Nationals just around the corner, they have to focus on the prize… Competing strong for their region in order to come back victorious.
“I am so excited! This is what I’ve been working for all these years and I just can’t wait to go there and have so much fun,” said Plaksa.
The sisterly bond will be a big confidence booster heading into Nationals.