We recently caught up with 2016 Olympic hopeful Amelia Hundley to discuss her training, current goals, the Stuttgart World Cup, and more!

Inside Gymnastics: What were some highlights for you in 2015?
Amelia Hundley: One highlight of 2015 was definitely Pam Am Games. The whole experience was just so neat. I love all the girls I went with and we had so much fun as a team training and competing. When I ended up in first after the first day it was so crazy. I didn’t expect it at all. Helping USA win gold and making two event finals and medaling in both… all of it was just so cool.

Inside: How is your training going?
Amelia: Training is going really well. Trying to get my start values as high as I can. Not really adding skills but figuring out what connections to do and what works best. Trying to get in the best shape I can and work on every detail.

Inside: Tell us about your experience at the Stuttgart World Cup!
Amelia: The World Cup was so amazing. It was probably one of the biggest assignments that I’ve had. It’s unfortunate that I had a mistake on bars that cost me the all-around but I ended up third and just getting that bronze was really neat. It was different because it was just me from the U.S. I’m used to it being a team competition so it was different to be the only one competing from the US. But it was really fun and a great experience.

Inside: What are your plans/goals for 2016 and beyond?
Amelia: I’m really just trying to take it one day at a time. Looking forward to Classics, which is my next meet. Then after that I’ll focus on Championships; then my goal is to make it to Olympic Trials and just doing the best I can. I want to enjoy the process and go out and hit confident at all the meets I go to.

Inside: Are you working on any new skills or upgrades?
Amelia: I might be adding a few little skills here or there but for the most part focusing on connections and perfecting what I’m already doing.

Inside: What’s your favorite part about gymnastics?
Amelia: My favorite part of gymnastics is the feeling of accomplishing something that you have worked so hard on for months. Like training so intensely for a meet, and then having your work pay off is the most rewarding feeling to me. Looking back at all the memories and friendships that I have made is just incredible.

Inside: What are some of your favorite gymnastics memories?
Amelia: Some of my favorite memories are at the ranch with all the girls. It’s so fun because everyone can relate to what you’re going through and we all understand what everyone is going through and we are the best of friends and I will cherish our crazy memories and friendships forever!

Inside: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Amelia: Now that I’m getting to the end of my elite career it’s so crazy because you think of this moment for years. I have been an elite gymnast for almost eight years which seems like a long time but I wouldn’t trade a thing for all the tears, frustrations, bad days, because they only make you stronger and make your success feel that much better. It all went so fast and I know it’s hard but I wish I could tell girls to just enjoy the journey because not many girls get to do what we do and get the opportunities to do what they love. I have met so many great people that have made a huge impact on my life. I have the most amazing parents and I couldn’t have got through this crazy sport without them. When people say it takes a village…it really does. And I just want to thank everyone that has helped me get to the point that I’m at today.

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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