Meet the Athlete: Jordan Dolinar


Grace Schultz

What’s it like being on the gymnastics team as a freshman?

It’s a lot of fun, I really enjoy the sport. It’s nice seeing all the girls from the team at school. I was on a team in middle school and I didn’t get to see my teammates at school. The older girls are inspiring, so it’s nice to have someone to look up to.

What are your goals?

I want to improve my skills, and make adjustments to my technique when needed. I also want to learn more challenging skills, to make my routines more difficult. 

What’s the hardest challenge you’ve had to overcome?

It’s really hard to get over mental blocks. When you’re doing things with high risk, your mind is telling you ‘no’ even though you know that you’ll be okay. Even if I know I can do a skill, it’s hard to mentally push myself sometimes. It’s really important to be confident.

What is the team environment like?

Before we meet we all listen to music and hype eachother up. The team is super nice and inviting. We have a team sleepover coming up which is a really great team bonding experience.

What was your favorite part of the meet?

I really enjoyed watching my teammates floor routines. Floor is my favorite event. The energy on the floor was great.

How long have you been a gymnast?

I started doing rec classes when I was four. I really grew to love the sport as I got older. 

What impact has gymnastics had on your life?

It’s had a really positive effect on my life. I’ve made a ton of new friends. I get to see my teammates at schools which is really fun. 

How do you think you performed?

This wasn’t my best meet. I still did alright. My back isn’t feeling great, so hopefully once it’s all healed up I’ll perform better. My best event tonight was bars.

Are you proud of your team?

Yes, I’m very proud of my team. I’m proud that we pulled ourselves together, especially because it’s the end of the season, we’re all in some pain. We pushed through and stuck by each other. 

How are you preparing for your last meet before sections?

We are all trying to have fun and stay positive. Sections is a fun meet, I’m going to try and make sure I’m confident in all my skills.