Jan. 24, 2014
Each week during the 2014 season, GoAirForceFalcons.com will feature a member of the Air Force women's gymnastics team. This week, the spotlight is on freshman Ashley Landry. The native of Guilderland, N.Y., earned a spot in the Falcons' rotation for the floor exercise during the first meet of the season
How did you get started in gymnastics?
My parents put me in gymnastics because I was awful at listening to directions and always hanging from our swing set in the backyard. My Mom always said that she just wanted me somewhere that if I fell off I would have mats to land on.
Who are your biggest fans?
My Mom and Dad, especially, but really I'm so lucky to have a huge support system of family and friends.
What challenge do you find in gymnastics that you don't find in any other sport?
Sometimes it's straight up scary. Even in college I'm learning new skills that are scary to go for. Not a lot of sports have a big fear aspect.
What do you like best about gymnastics?
I love that there is always something to perfect and when you finally get that down, there's something new for you to learn.
What is your favorite event and why?
Floor, because I absolutely love competing it!
Do you have any pre-meet rituals?
I always do mental routines and eat Greek yogurt... but, I guess I do that every day.
What is your advice for young gymnasts?
Always keep your head up. Tears don't get you anywhere near where a smile and a positive attitude can.
What drew you to the Air Force women's gymnastics team?
The Air Force women's gymnastics team... the girls are amazing and so are Coach Kyle, Coach Doug and Coach Kris.
What are you most excited about for the season?
I just can't wait to compete as a part of this team and to wear the leotard with the American flag on the sleeve.
Describe your personality in two words:
Energetic & Driven
ON THE ACADEMY...
Who are the biggest influences in your life and why?
My Mom and Dad because they always know the perfect thing to say and give the best hugs
How do you balance your athletics, academics and military duties?
Our team phrase is "Be Where You Are" When I'm in the gym I focus on gymnastics, when I'm in school I focus on school and when I'm in squad I focus on the military stuff.
Who is your favorite non-gymnast athlete(s) at the Academy?
Savannah Banyai is the coolest volleyball player around, but really every athlete that I've met is awesome!
What is your favorite class?
Who is your favorite professor/AOC/etc.?
What is your favorite place on the Academy grounds?
What were your first thoughts of the Academy?
On my recruiting trip: "Wow. This is awesome."
At the start of basic: "What the heck did I get myself into?!"
What is your favorite thing about USAFA?
What has been the hardest thing about the Academy?
Being so far away from friends and family
What was your most memorable "welcome to college" moment?
Lol... Nothing at the academy is very "welcome to college"y
When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grow up?
An Oncologist... Yes, I was that seven-year-old going around telling people that I wanted to be a cancer doctor.
What is one thing that you just can't live without?
If you had $1,000,000, what would you do?
Take my family to Scotland to see the town where my ancestors were from and then donate some to charity and invest the rest.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Cliché, but I'm a Disney kid. In my family, you can never go to Disney World too many times.
What is the most interesting place you have traveled to?
Well, this is random, but Tupelo, Mississippi. Its claim to fame is that it's the birthplace of Elvis Presley. I got to sit on the swing on the front porch of the little white shack Elvis was born in.
What is one song that you're tired of hearing?
If your life story was turned into a movie ... who should play you?
Julianne Hough- not that I look like her, but she is gorgeous.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Coldstone's Cake Batter
What is your favorite TV show?
Grey's Anatomy or Criminal Minds
What was your first job?
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
"Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..." NEMO
If you could be on any TV show, what would it be?
How many hours of sleep do you need (and now ... how many do you get?)
I only really need about 8. Right now I average about seven, but I'm a big fan of the 20-minute power nap.
What sports teams do you follow?
Patriots & Red Sox
What do you want to do after graduation?
I would love to see more of the world and take every opportunity that is offered to me.
What is your proudest achievement?
Making it through Summer Camp (also known as Basic Cadet Training)
What era would you most like to travel to?
The Roaring Twenties- It would be fun to be a flapper for a day or two.
What is your favorite movie of all-time?
What is a secret talent that few people know you have?
It's a secret.
What is one thing about your hometown that you miss?
Being able to take my overweight yellow lab for walks around my neighborhood