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20 Questions with Kristin Milardo
Updated: Monday 03/08/2012 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Q: Why did you choose the Tribe?
I chose William and Mary primarily because of the experience I had on my recruiting trip. I didn't know much about the school before I came on an official visit and after that visit I really felt like I had a good idea regarding what this place was all about. I loved the sense of family and togetherness I felt when I met the men and women on the gymnastics team, and I loved how the school and the athletic department was built on so much tradition.

Q: Describe a moment when you felt the most Tribe pride...
I think a moment where I have felt the most Tribe Pride was my freshman season (2009) when our team placed 3rd at USAG Nationals. We had an amazing first night of competition that qualified us for team finals the following night. There was a lot of competition and we ended up beating the team that was picked to win. It was such a memorable night because it was the last competition for our seniors, which made it very special to me to watch them perform for the last time. Looking back on it, it was a very high-pressure situation and I don't even remember being nervous at all-it was one of the most fun and high-energy competitions of my college career. I felt to proud standing on the 3rd-place podium spot with my teammates feeling so honored to represent my school as being the 3rd best team in the country.

Q: Take us through your pre-game mental preparation routine:
My pre-game mental preparation includes a lot of visualization. I put my headphones in and I visualize myself doing my routines out in the arena over and over again. I also have to have a Monster energy drink before each meet!

Q: What are some community activities you or your team has done?
Every fall, our team participates in and raises money for the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Walk for Diabetes. We raise money from family and friends that goes toward research for juvenile diabetes and then walk a 5k on the day of the event.

Q: What is your intended or declared major and why?
I am a Kinesiology & Health Sciences major. I chose this because it is what interests me and is what I am very passionate about it. I have always been and will continue to be fascinated by the human body and all it is capable of.

Q: Describe your dream job:
Being a sideline reporter for ESPN is definitely my dream job. I would love to be down on the field/court interviewing players and coaches during and after games and be on camera.

Q: If you could play another sport at W&M what would it be and why?
I think it would be a lot of fun to be on the swim and dive team and be a diver! A lot of gymnasts I knew growing up left the sport of gymnastics for diving and were very successful at it and had a lot of fun with it. It would be nice to land in the water versus taking the hard landings in gymnastics!

Q: Favorite team tradition/activity and why?
My favorite team tradition/activity is our annual Christmas party. Each year, our men's and women's teams volunteer at the club gymnastics meet that is hosted at William & Mary Hall and after the meet is over, we tear down the equipment in the area and then rush back to our homes to get ready and put on our fancy clothes for the party! We do a gift exchange and it is the last time before we all leave for Winter Break that our entire team is together! The Christmas party each year for the last 4 years has been one of my favorite college memories.

Q: Which teammate will have the most interesting job in 10 years and why?
I think Lindsey Nichol will have the most interesting job in 10 years. I think her outgoing personality will take her very far and I am hoping that one day she will be a backup dancer for Usher or Britney Spears.

Q: What is your favorite quote or phrase?
Colossians 3:23- "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."

Q: What is your favorite type of food (i.e. Chinese, Mexican, etc.)?
Chinese

Q: Favorite place you have visited or traveled to and why?
Hawaii is definitely my favorite place to travel. I have been there about a dozen times now with my family and I don't think I will ever get sick of it! It is such a beautiful place and I just love the island life.

Q: If you could sit down for lunch with anyone in the world who would it be and why?
It would have to be Troy Tulowitzki-the shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. He is my absolute favorite baseball player and I am pretty obsessed with him.

Q: Most addicting television show?
Kourtney & Kim Take New York, Khloe and Lamar, and Keeping up with the Kardashians...basically anything that has to do with the Kardashians

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know...
Most people don't know that I love to cook-it is probably my favorite hobby next to gymnastics. I love learning and experimenting with making new things and cooking for my friends and family whenever I can.

Q: What was your most-commented Facebook post?
I really can't remember but I'm guessing it was a status post from back in 2007 when the Rockies made it to the World Series.

Q: What's number one on your bucket list and why?
Going to a World Series game.

Q: What is your best non-athletic skill?
Cooking

Q: Favorite Person to follow on Twitter?
The Fake ESPN. Their tweets are absolutely hilarious.

Q: What is your biggest pet peeve and why?
When people misuse the possessive "your" and the contraction "you're"

Q: What is something you are afraid of?
Spiders, cock roaches and clowns.

Q: What is an obstacle you had to overcome in your life?
Moving out here to Williamsburg from Colorado my freshman year was a pretty large obstacle to overcome. Being away from my family and adjusting to college life far away from home was difficult at first. My family is so important to me and in the beginning I was homesick and missed my family tremendously. Also, the fall of the freshman year I partially tore my ACL and was out of gymnastics for a significant amount of time. I remember lying on the training room table being so afraid and being so unsure about the outcome of my injury and what my season would be like. I ended up coming back from the injury and having a very successful freshman season despite the injury and despite having to wear a bulky knee brace for the entire season. Attitude and perseverance truly is everything.











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