We chatted with U.S. National Team member Christina Desiderio to catch up on her post-season training, her first year as a senior, and her goals for the future!

Inside Gymnastics: How is your training going in general?
Christina: It’s going really well, actually. Every event’s going pretty well; I’m working on new skills and everything.

Inside: Can you reflect back on your first year as a senior?
Christina: My first year as a senior…yeah, that was really cool. I mean, competing at night was totally different, but it was a [great] experience, going one at a time and everything, so I had a lot of fun.

Inside: Could you tell us about the Olympic Trials and your experience there?
Christina: Yes, it was crazy. It was the best experience of my life by far. I think there were 19,000 people there just cheering us all on, and we all [had] each other’s backs, cheering for everyone.

Inside: How have the national team training camps been going?
Christina: It’s good with Valeri…we all like him a lot, and I think he’s good in the position that he’s in.

Inside: Do you know when will your next competition be?
Christina: I’m not sure, it depends if I make the [March 2017] Italy team, I guess. That would be my first competition.

Inside: Do you have any upgrades or new skills planned for next year?
Christina: I have a couple upgrades; I posted the one [beam combination] on Instagram…so I have that. I have a few more, but I’m going to try to keep [them]…a surprise for people.

Inside: What are your long-term gymnastics goals at this point?
Christina: Depending on how this year goes, I’m going to see if [I will] stick around for 2020. Obviously the Olympics; but other than that, going to college and doing really well in college gymnastics.

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Anna Rose Johnson writes about women’s artistic and rhythmic gymnastics. She loves Whippets, brownies, and full-twisting double layouts. Her writing portfolio can be viewed at: https://annarosejohnson.contently.com