Inside Gymnastics: Tell us about your 2015 season in general!
Gabrielle Jupp: 2015 was quite a difficult year. It started really positively; I had my goals set in place and was determined to make it a good year. Unfortunately in March, the week of the English Champs, I missed a shap half on bars and landed awkwardly on my knee. I snapped my other ACL completely and tore my meniscus. I immediately knew that I wanted to carry on and try and get back for the beginning of 2016. It has been a year full of ups and downs but I have the most supportive coaches, family and a great medical team behind me that if there is a problem, I know that they will help me through it. I can’t thank them enough!
Inside: What are your top goals for this year?
Gabrielle: My main goal for the year is to just try and enjoy the whole process of competing again. Sometimes I forget that I have had two ACL reconstructions and I am too hard on myself when things do not quite go to plan or come back as quickly as I would like. I hope to keep scoring better on bars and beam and start hitting all my connections consistently. I also aim to compete floor and vault again. If that’s good enough to get me selected for any of the major events, then that will be amazing!
Inside: How is the Olympic year different than years past?
Gabrielle: This year hasn’t been too different to previous years. In January we went and trained in Rio for a week and we got to see the Olympic village which was very motivating. Obviously we are all working towards that Olympic goal but we have to take each competition as it comes. Everyone is training really hard and we are all constantly pushing each other to work harder.
Inside: Are you working any upgrades for Rio 2016?
Gabrielle: I have a couple of skills on bars and connections on beam that I could possibly add in once my current routines are perfected. My floor is a constant work in progress. I’m playing around with different skills to see which routine will best suit my body.
Inside: Do you think you’ll continue competing elite after 2016?
Gabrielle: I would like to continue competing elite after 2016 because I was out for quite a long time with injury and I feel like I haven’t really had much of a senior career. I would also love to compete at another team Worlds!
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