Meet the Athlete: Sophia Earle

Earle encourages young gymnasts

Alicia Mainjeni

How long have you been doing gymnastics?

I’ve been doing (gymnastics) for 11 years. I’ve been on the team for six.

What were your goals for this season?

My goal for this gymnastics season was to have fun and enjoy it for my last year.

What is your favorite event?

My favorite event to practice is beam, my favorite event to compete is floor.

What are some of your favorite memories from gymnastics?

One of my favorite memories is bonding with the team before and after meets and exchanging sister gifts through the years. Meeting new people is really fun and I really enjoy it. 

How does it feel to be a captain?

Impactful. I feel like I am giving back to a younger generation of gymnasts and I can see myself as those younger gymnasts — wanting a mentor and someone to show them the ropes and show them how fun gymnastics can be. I feel proud that I can be that for someone. 

What is the most challenging part about being a gymnast?

The mental aspect of gymnastics is more challenging than the physical aspect. Obviously, it’s very hard on your body, but just overcoming the fear and reaching a point where you can say “I just have to do it” instead of getting roped up in the ‘what-if’s’ and the possibilities that you can’t control.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned through your experience?

One, never take anything too seriously, it’s all for fun. Two, try your best, because hard work will pay off. Three, have a positive attitude, because everyone is working through their own things and having a positive attitude in the gym is really crucial.